A recent body positive photoshoot went viral, when newly engaged couple Stephanie and Arynn from Overton, Texas, posed topless to announce their engagement. The photos – taken by Wolf & Rose Photography – show a topless Stephanie straddling Arynn, and in another image, the couple standing knee-deep in water and kissing passionately.
The posted photos received over 66,000 reactions on Facebook and thousands of comments calling the couple “beautiful” and one stating, “I probably couldn’t love this more if I tried.”
Those who have seen the photos would instantly recognise it for what it is, an empowering and body positive photo of two people in love and celebrating their bodies.
“I honestly have never felt more attractive,” Stephanie told HuffPost about the shoot. “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.”
Body positive photos cause a negative backlash
Unfortunately, not everyone felt so positively about the photos, and Stephanie has since claimed that her employer fired her over them. According to her, Austin Bank Texas has a problem with the morality of the images.
“They said I was topless, and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company.” “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.”
To add to the drama, Stephanie is also reportedly 20 weeks pregnant, a precarious position to be in when unemployed and now without the health insurance that accompanies it.
Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography has since spoken up about the bank’s decision to terminate Stephanie based solely on their photos, and finds their claim that they uphold family values contradictory to their actions.
“Their decision not only stripped her of her insurance which is without a doubt a major necessity while pregnant, but also her paid maternity leave.”
Doesn’t exactly scream family values does it?