A US couple made headlines last month after their boudoir photo shoot went viral and was looked upon as being representative of body positivity. While the photos went viral with thousands praising and lauding the plus-size woman for her confidence, she failed to garner the same support from her employers. According to news reports, she has been fired from her job because the management thought the viral photos were inappropriate.
Stephanie and her partner Arryn got engaged in February this year and decided to make the occasion memorable with a unique photo shoot that has since been hailed as promoting body confidence. “I honestly have never felt more attractive,” she told Huffington Post. “I was so nervous to see the final result. I didn’t know what to expect. But when I saw the album, I was shocked. I look so in love and confident. Every person should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really eye-opening.”
However, once their photos shot at a lake in Tyler, Texas went viral, she said her employers at Austin Bank Texas NA were “concerned” about how the “steamy” photos would effect the image of the company, Buzzfeed reported. “They said I was topless and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company,” Stephanie, who is five-month pregnant, said. She further claimed that for the photo shoot, she wore a strapless bra often worn with backless dresses along with swimsuit bottoms.
Calling the company’s decision “disheartening”, she said, “As a company, if they feel what I do outside of my job is going to jeopardize their business, that’s fine. It’s just disheartening to me because I feel like home life and work life are two totally different things. I was a model employee, I was moving up fast. I had a promotion within seven months. This one thing, for me, was the reason I was booted.”
The photo shoot, shot by Bria Terry of Wolf and Rose Photography, was shared on the company’s Facebook page on September 19 and since then it has garnered over 85,000 shares and more than 10,000 comments. The couple is all set to tie knot in February 2019.