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This Woman Said Her Company Fired Her After Her Body-Positive Photo Shoot Went Viral

“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.”

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A couple's beautiful photo shoot recently went viral for its empowering message about body positivity. The photos were originally part of an open call for boudoir shots.

Wolf & Rose Photography / Via Facebook: media

The photos feature Stephanie and her fiancé, Arryn (who asked that we only use their first names), of Overton, Texas. They were taken by Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography.

Wolf & Rose Photography / Via Facebook: Wolfnrosephotos

Terry told BuzzFeed, "I've honestly never seen two people more in love. The way he looks at her in those photos, that's an all-the-time thing with him. He treats her like she hung the moon and the stars."

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During the shoot, Stephanie said she felt super comfortable. "I wasn’t worrying about how I looked, I was just looking at Arryn and that made me feel confident," she told BuzzFeed. "He looks at me all the time, but the way he looked at me during the photo shoot, I could feel it was different because I could focus on him.”

Stephanie said she was completely surprised by the amount of attention the photos garnered.

Wolf & Rose Photography / Via Facebook: Wolfnrosephotos

“Arryn called me while he was at work, and he said the pictures had like 30,000 shares. He’s never been in the spotlight and he said, 'All the comments are about you!' He said, 'I know this helps you and I’m glad we did this. I wouldn’t change anything. I know that this makes you happy.'”

But shortly after the photos went viral, Stephanie said her employer, Austin Bank Texas N.A., told her they were "concerned" about how many people would see her photos and how it would reflect on the company.

Wolf & Rose Photography / Via Facebook: Wolfnrosephotos

Stephanie told BuzzFeed, "They said I was topless and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company.” However, Stephanie said she was wearing a swimsuit bottom and a strapless top that you wear with backless dresses.

She claimed she was then let go from the company.

“There was no defending myself, they had made their decision," she said. "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.”

Stephanie said their decision and reasoning to fire her was "disheartening." And she adamantly disagrees with them.

“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,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie said she is still proud of the photos and so is Arryn. “He knows it puts out a good message and helps me in my self confidence, and how I feel about myself. He’s all about it.”

BuzzFeed has reached out to Austin Bank Texas N.A.

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