Texas Woman Fired for Viral Body-Positive Boudoir Pictures
The subject of a photoshoot whose pictures became a viral, body-positive message says she we let go from her job as a result of the pictures.
Stephanie and Arryn of Overton, TX responded to Wolf & Rose Photography's open call for boudoir pictures, which featured the pair embracing apparently topless in a lake. The pictures quickly gained notoriety and became an example of being confident and sexy, no matter your body type. Since their original posting on Wolf & Rose Photography's Facebook page, the post has been shared over 86,000 times, liked over 42,000 times, and has over 10,000 comments.
The photographer, Bria Terry, told Buzzfeed,
I've honestly never seen two people more in love. The way he looks at her in those photos, that's an all-the-time thing with him. He treats her like she hung the moon and the stars.
While many praised the beauty of the pictures, Stephanie's employers, Austin Bank Texas N.A., terminated Stephanie's employment out of concern of how the pictures would impact their business. Part of the company's concern was Stephanie's apparent topless appearance, which she denied saying she was wearing a backless and strapless top during the pictures,
There was no defending myself, they had made their decision. I gave over a year to a company that I worked really hard for and then to have them turn on me for doing something so positive, something that I was so proud of — to help myself as a woman — it was hurtful. People were pulling out their phones at work and showing the pictures and that was blamed on me.
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.
Though it cost her a job, Stephanie and her fiancee say they are still proud of the pictures with the message they convey and the positive impact they've had on her confidence.