You've probably seen them. We're talking about the now-famous body-positive photos that took the Internet by storm earlier this month. They proved that you don't have to be a size 2 to be sexy and the Internet loved them. Unfortunately, while most of us looked at the photos and felt inspired, not everyone had such a positive response.
In a shocking turn of events, Stephanie, the woman who posed for the photos, claims she has now been fired from her job as a result of the viral photos.
Earlier this month, Stephanie and Arryn's boudoir photo shoot went massively viral online.
The photos were taken and posted by Bria Terry of Wolf and Rose Photography.
Stephanie and Arryn (who prefer to be referred to by their first names) live in Overton, Texas and have been engaged since February of this year. You may have seen their photos as they made the online rounds.
Stephanie said she was super confident while taking the photos.
“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.”
As soon as the photos were posted, people began reacting to them in a major way.
People were impressed by both the body-positive nature of the pictures and the obvious connection between Stephanie and Arryn. The photos quickly went viral and currently have over 85,000 shares.
However, Stephanie now claims that the viral photos have cost her her job at Austin Bank Texas N.A.
She says that shortly after the photos went viral, her employer shared that they were "concerned with how the photos would reflect on the company.
“They said I was topless and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company,” she told BuzzFeed. “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.”
Bria Terry (the photographer) then shared some additional information which makes the situation even more complicated.
According to Terry, the couple is also expecting their first child. She shared in a Facebook post that the company’s decision to terminate Stephanie has “not only stripped her of her insurance which is without a doubt a major necessity while pregnant, but also her paid maternity leave.”
Although it’s completely within a company’s to terminate an employee at any time, Stephanie feels very disheartened by her former employer’s decision. “As a company, if they feel what I do outside of my job is going to jeopardize their business, that’s fine,” she said. “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.”
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