Artist, Inspirational Speaker and Last Cut Project Founder
Samantha Paige is an artist, writer, and parent, with a passion for life. While she's earned degrees in History, International Relations, and Culinary Education, been a jewelry-maker, lived abroad, and reached fluency in multiple languages, Samantha credits her health challenges as her greatest teachers. Those experiences shaped her worldview and the manner in which she has learned to give back as an artist and entrepreneur.
Samantha models vulnerability and self-inquiry in her life. She continuously asks herself and others through her Last Cut community, "How can I own my life and make my life my own?"
As a young adult cancer survivor and BRCA1 previvor, Samantha has learned to use life experiences as fuel, generating raw dialogue with others about these life-changing moments through her speaking engagements, original podcast series, Last Cut Conversations, and her upcoming book, LAST CUT.
Samantha is committed to supporting individuals and organizations that are working on racial justice platforms, youth empowerment programs, and BRCA and other cancer research. Samantha modeled in the powerful 2017 “Commit to Something” campaign for international gym brand, Equinox, freely displaying her scars from her preventive double mastectomy performed in 2008 after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation that indicates a heightened risk for specific cancers, including breast and ovarian. Samantha has been featured in Elle, Glamour, New York Times, Shondaland, among many others. She has given inspiring talks at the Girl Boss Rally and Cylces+Sex in Los Angeles, as well as workshops for Get Lit Literati and Girls Rock. Samantha serves on the Executive Board for Get Lit - Words Ignite.
Samantha lives with her daughter in Los Angeles, California.
*While Samantha was grateful to participate in Equinox's 2017 campaign that celebrated commitment and body acceptance by showing her scars, recent news about Equinox's owner's outright support for people and causes that promote hatred and bigotry have deepened Samantha's commitment to making decisions for herself and Last Cut Project that support our core values of equality and freedoms for all.