A plus-size woman says she has been fired from her bank job
after her steamy topless photoshoot with her fiancé went
viral.

Stephanie, from Texas, was widely praised for promoting body
confidence after the pictures of her and her partner Arryn were
shared online.

But she now says her employer has sacked her because they
believed the shoot was ‘inappropriate’ for a ‘family-oriented’
company. 

The bank worker, who is five months pregnant, describes herself
as a ‘model employee’ and says the decision by Austin Bank
Texas N.A to fire her was ‘hurtful’. 

Stephanie, from Texas, says she has been fired from her job at a bank after her steamy photoshoot with her fiance Arryn went viral 

Stephanie, from Texas, says she has been fired from her job
at a bank after her steamy photoshoot with her fiance Arryn
went viral 

She says her bosses said they were a 'family-oriented company' and believed the topless photoshoot was 'inappropriate' 

She says her bosses said they were a ‘family-oriented
company’ and believed the topless photoshoot was
‘inappropriate’ 

Stephanie told
Buzzfeed
: ‘They said I was topless and it was inappropriate
and we’re a family-oriented company.’

She added: ‘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.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Austin Bank Texas N.A for
comment. 

The photoshoot, taken by Bria Terry of Wolf
& Rose Photography
, has been shared more than 85,000
times since the photographer shared the stunning lakeside
images on her Facebook page.  

 Stephanie said she was a 'model employee' and described the decision to fire her as 'hurtful'

 Stephanie said she was a ‘model employee’ and described
the decision to fire her as ‘hurtful’

Stephanie, who declined to share her last name, said she had 'never felt more attractive' as she did when she saw the images for the first time 

Stephanie, who declined to share her last name, said she had
‘never felt more attractive’ as she did when she saw the
images for the first time 

Describing her reaction to the seeing the images for the first
time, Stephanie told
HuffPost
: ‘I honestly have never felt more
attractive. 

 ‘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.’

She added: ‘I look so in love and confident. Every person
should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really
eye-opening.’ 

Some of the sultriest images from the shoot see Stephanie and
Arryn sharing a passionate kiss while sitting by the edge of
the water. 

Stephanie’s legs are wrapped around Arryn’s waist while he
rests his arms behind him, and its clear they only have eyes
for each other.  

The couple also took their undeniable chemistry into the lake,
where they kissed and embraced while waist-deep in the
water. 

The photographs quickly went viral after being posted online and have been shared over 85,000 times  

The photographs quickly went viral after being posted online
and have been shared over 85,000 times  

Discussing the shoot, Stephanie said 'Every person should be able to see themselves in that light,' adding: 'It is really eye-opening'

Discussing the shoot, Stephanie said ‘Every person should be
able to see themselves in that light,’ adding: ‘It is really
eye-opening’

Social media users were quick to react to the images, admitting
that they wished they had the confidence to do something like
that. 

‘This makes my heart so happy and gives me hope as a plus size
woman that not all men care about what size you are,’ Samantha
Shipley wrote. 

‘This is so perfect,’ Seana Beluke added. ‘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 told HuffPost that she used to struggle with
body-image, but over the years she has come to terms with the
fact that she will always be considered a plus-size
woman. 

She added that she frequently pushes herself to wear clothes
that that she likes but ‘aren’t in society’s mold of what
is acceptable for bigger women’, much like she did when she
posed for the topless shoot.  

Social media users were quick to react, with many praising Stephanie's confidence

Social media users were quick to react, with many praising
Stephanie’s confidence

The bank worker admitted that she had previously struggled with her body image 

The bank worker admitted that she had previously struggled
with her body image 

Stephanie said that her fiancé has always made her feel 'loved for who I am'

Stephanie and Arryn got engaged in February, and they plan on getting married in 2019

Stephanie said that her fiancé Arryn has always made her
feel ‘loved for who I am’

The bride-to-be noted that in their nearly two-year-old long
relationship, her fiancé has never once made her feel
self-conscious.  

‘He loves me for who I am, and for who I make him want to
become,’ she said. ‘He has always told me that he doesn’t care
how I look, that I’m beautiful regardless.’

Stephanie and Arryn got engaged in February, and they plan on
saying ‘I do’ in February 2019. 

As for the boudoir shoot, Stephanie recommends that other
couples should consider trying it out for
themselves.   

‘It has brought us closer; made us more intimate,’ Stephanie
told
Pop Sugar
. ‘We have never experienced a scenario of being
so vulnerable in front of one another with an eyewitness. 

‘It made me appreciate his love for me and made me want to be
more loving towards him. When I expressed this, he told me that
he felt the same.’