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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This Couple’s Sexy Photo Shoot Proves That You Don’t Have to Be a Size 2 To Be Smokin’ Hot
When you choose to go bare for a sultry boudoir photo shoot with your significant other, you never expect those photos to go viral. But that’s exactly what happened to Texas couple Arryn and Stephanie, whose gorgeous photos have been enchanting people across social media since they were first posted on September 14.
The stunning pics have been getting a lot of reactions, with many people commending them for their body-positive message and real depiction of a couple in love. So just what’s so special about this photoshoot? Keep scrolling to see for yourself. They’re seriously swoon-worthy.
On September 13, Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography posted several photos from a recent boudoir shoot, thinking they would get the same response as any of her other photos.
Boy, was she wrong.
The photo album has received 59,000 likes and nearly 83,000 shares in just under a week, and the commenters have all been applauding both the couple and the photographer for capturing something so beautiful.
The reaction was a mix between praising the body-positive nature of the pics and the obvious connection between the couple.
“This is so perfect ❤,” one Facebook user commented. “Their love for one another shines so bright that nothing else in the world matters, especially not the opinions of those who would try to bring them down. You did a wonderful job of capturing that connection ?”
Stephanie, who has been engaged to Arryn since February, spoke to HuffPost about the shoot.
“I honestly have never felt more attractive,” she said. “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.”
“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 added.
“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.”
She commented about how the shoot brought the couple even closer together than they were before.
“Neither of us could stop smiling during and after our session. We both were surprised by how close it made us feel. You don’t realize how vulnerable you are until you’re half-naked in a lake with a camera pointed at you and your man.”
The response to the photos initially surprised the couple, who had no idea they would soon be going viral when they did the shoot.
“We really did not expect anything to come to this point like it has,” Stephanie said.
“When it started getting into the thousands, ten thousand, and twenty thousand, we were just like: What have we done? Holy moly, we’ve reached a lot of people — I mean, we’re happy about it.”
“Every person wants to be able to inspire somebody else. We’re happy — surprised — but happy about it.”
The photos also seemed to encourage those with their own body image issues to accept themselves and become more confident.
“Thank you for making me feel better about myself,” one commenter said. “I didn’t think someone similar to my size could be portrayed so beautifully especially next to a very attractive man (also similar to mine ) but any I was wrong. she is GORGEOUS and he’s not too bad himself!”
“This is a inspiration,” commented a man named Roger Chandler.
“I know plenty of women who are plus size that deal with so much self confidence issues and deal with body shaming everyday. And these pictures right here shows that you can be beautiful no matter what!”
Stephanie also commented on how we need more photos like this that encourage body positivity.
“I definitely feel like, for people who have a hard time in their daily lives and need something to inspire them, [social media can] do that,” she said.
“It can make it seem that they’re not the only ones who look the way that I do or not the only ones who have the body type that I do. It’s definitely something that needs to be shown, and I think that’s a good thing.”
Stephanie credits her fiance Arryn with helping her bolster her self esteem.
“Throughout our relationship, there has never been a time when he made me feel self-conscious about any part of myself,” she said.
“To him, it doesn’t matter if I have not washed my hair for a week or shaved my legs in over a month.”
The response has not only been overwhelming for the couple, but for the photographer as well.
Bria Terry has received several comments from potential clients inquiring about business, so it’s pretty safe to assume that the viral nature of the photos is boosting her business as well as body positivity.
Stephanie’s words about Arryn prove that their love truly is unconditional.
“He loves me for who I am, and for who I make him want to become. He has always told me that he doesn’t care how I look, that I’m beautiful regardless.”
Stephanie and Arryn are planning for a February 2019 wedding.
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