Stephanie had worked for Austin Bank Texas N.A. as a bank teller for more than a year. Shortly after the photos gained popularity online, the company told her they were “concerned” about how her images would reflect on the company and let her go, the publication reports.
Chron.com has reached out to Austin Bank and has not heard back from the company as of publication.
Stephanie told BuzzFeed, “They said I was topless and it was inappropriate and we’re a family-oriented company.” Regardless of Stephanie wearing a swimsuit bottom and a strapless top that you wear with backless dresses, Buzzfeed reports.
“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 told Buzzfeed.
The shoot was intended to focus on the intimacy and closeness of their relationship, and Stephanie tells Buzzfeed that she is still proud of the photos.
“I honestly have never felt more attractive,” she told HuffPost. “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.”
The photographer of the boudoir photo shoot also mirrored Stephanie’s sentiment.
“I just think this whole thing went a lot further than we expected,” Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography, who took the boudoir photos, told Chron.com. “And we are all trying to handle it gracefully. I’m still so thankful for all of the positive feedback”