You might not know Stephanie and Arynn by names but you may probably remember their pictures. The Texas couple was featured in a recent boudoir photo shoot that went viral for its empowering message of body positivity. People from across the world praised Stephanie who engaged in a sensual photoshoot with her fiancé despite not conforming to conventional beauty norms. Little did they know that their seemingly harmless expression of love would turn out to be an invitation for trouble. Soon after the photo shoot went viral, Stephanie was fired from her job.
In the photo shoot, conducted by Wolf & Rose Photography, the couple shared beautifully intimate moments with their torsos exposed. The photos were widely applauded and have over 85,000 shares on Facebook. However, when the photos found their way to Stephanie’s employer, Austin Bank Texas NA, they did not think it would reflect well on their company, Buzzfeed reported.
“They said I was topless and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company,” Stephanie told Buzzfeed. She said that their decision to let her go was “disheartening” as she had been a diligent employee with them for over a year and that, for something she was “so proud of.” She added, “People were pulling out their phones at work and showing the pictures and that was blamed on me.”
Stephanie disagrees with her employer as she believes that work life and personal life is separate and that she shouldn’t be held accountable for what she does at her own time. Furthermore, the company’s decision to boot her could not have come at a worse time as Stephanie and Arryn are also expecting a baby boy. For them to let go of an employee, stripping her of her insurance when she needs it most, is pretty harsh. Not to mention the paid maternity leaves that really could have helped the to-be parents bring up the baby.
However, Stephanie is not bitter about the ordeal. She stated, “As a company, if they feel what I do outside of my job is going to jeopardize their business, that’s fine.” She still stands by the photos as they give out a positive message and also help boost her confidence.
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