Paige Duke: Former Miss Sprint Cup Still Paying for Past Foolish Mistake
We all have skeletons in our closets, those mistakes we hope never surface. For most, the time you said something awful or chose the worse of two evils lays dormant. For Paige Duke, one mistake cost her a great career and some tawdry publicity.
Paige Duke enjoyed the simple, yet fantastic, life of a Miss Sprint Cup. She would be front and center to greet whichever proud driver had one that particular race.
Imagine a job that demanded you be near the sport you enjoy. Anyone would jump at a chance at that. The best part is that you get to greet people that are overjoyed to see you. In doing so, it means they have triumphed over the field and won that race.
The only caveat to such a job is that your image must be in keeping with NASCAR. The sport wants their Miss Sprint Cups free from controversy, expanding the family atmosphere they are hoping to invoke.
Sprint Cup dismissed Duke once they found that she had posed for a few nude pictures that surfaced on the Internet.
Duke posed for them six years prior for her then boyfriend. Now a famed greeter, the pictures were the subject of her firing.
She recently spoke with NASCAR news site, Scene Daily. There she explains the humbling epiphany this process has brought her. It is one that precludes her from joining the pages of Playboy, a magazine whose interest is assumed.
I won’t do any kind of nude photos. It’s a morality thing, how I raised. I know I will have to answer to the Lord one day, and I don’t want to have to answer for something like that.
That’s why I realize what I did was wrong six years ago. I shouldn’t have been doing that anyways for a boyfriend at the time. But I did make a mistake, and I’ve made my peace with it.
Duke now has to wade through the embarrassing and life-altering moment as best she could. She takes with her the lesson that you can't trust anybody to be discreet in what they allow others to see.
The most important thing she wants younger women to know is that a mistake like this can haunt you well into your mature years.
It is a lesson we all know, but rarely have to live out.
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