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Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

Paige Michelle Vanderford (born March 26, 1994), known professionally as Paige VanZant,is an American mixed martial artist, author, and a former model.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

VanZant is signed to the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

Outside of mixed martial arts, she has appeared in the television series Dancing with the Star sand Chopped.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

VanZant was born in Dundee, Oregon, and raised in Dayton, Oregon.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

Her parents owned a dance studio, and she was brought up dancing ballet, jazz, and hip hop for over 13 years.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

As a teen, she appeared in a mop commercial for Bissell.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

She was considered a tomboy while growing up, and loved the outdoors; her hobbies included riding dirt bikes and fishing. In high school, she was regularly bullied by a group of girls.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

The bullying started after rumors began to circulate in her high school in Oregon about VanZant having sexual intercourse with multiple boys at a party.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

In reality, VanZant was raped by multiple male classmates after they got her intoxicated at a party.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

The bullying included mocking her surname Sletten, which students changed to “Slutton”.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

She eventually changed her surname legally to VanZant because of the persistent bullying.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

However, she has noted this experience as one of the reasons she likes being a martial artist and having the ability to defend herself.

Photos – The Paige VanZant Story

Image Courtesy –  Paige VanZant (Instagram)

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