A Texas couple boudoir photo shoot went viral and was widely accepted as being representative of body positivity. When Stephanie and Arryn stripped down for the photo shoot, they never expected the images to go viral.
But after Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography posted those images on Facebook, they began spreading across the social media site. In the comments, people applauded the Overton, Texas couple’s confidence and acceptable chemistry.
For model Stephanie, it was a very empowering experience. She said the steamy lakeside shoot was a confidence-building experience.
“I honestly have never felt more attractive,” she told HuffPost. “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 affect 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.
Becoming more confident in her own skin has been something Stephanie has been working on since childhood.
“I remember being in junior high and looking at myself in the mirror, wondering why my stomach wasn’t the way it was ‘supposed’ to be,” she told HuffPost. “Over the years, I’ve come to accept that I am always going to be considered plus-size. I push myself out of my comfort zone by wearing clothes that I love but aren’t in society’s mold of what is acceptable for bigger women, like crop tops, tight shirts, shorter dresses and shorts. I walk around with my head high, smiling, and show no shame in myself.”
Stephanie called the company’s decision “disheartening.”
Saying, “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 couple is planning their wedding in February 2019. Stephanie’s concern now is since she’s pregnant she worries about the loss of her health insurance.