Being comfortable in your own skin is something that most of us have struggled with on occasion. Whether it's a dress that you don't like your body shape in, or bathing suit shopping that sends you into a new crash diet, struggling with our appearance is not something foreign for most.
Stephanie and Arryn, an engaged couple from Overton, Texas recently participated in an open call for boudoir shots. The pair took part in a photoshoot with Wolf & Rose photographer Bria Terry, and ended up with images that has everyone online talking about body positivity.
“I remember being in junior high and looking at myself in the mirror, wondering why my stomach wasn’t the way it was ‘supposed’ to be,” she told HuffPost. “Over the years, I’ve come to accept that I am always going to be considered plus-size. I push myself out of my comfort zone by wearing clothes that I love but aren’t in society’s mold of what is acceptable for bigger women, like crop tops, tight shirts, shorter dresses and shorts. I walk around with my head high, smiling, and show no shame in myself.”
The couple's beautiful photo shoot went viral for it's empowering message about body positivity.
“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.”
During the shoot, Stephanie admitted that she felt confident, sexy and beautiful. "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.”
As a plus-size woman, there's no doubt that Stephanie has experience her share of body-shaming from our fat-negative society.
The couple did not expect that their personal photos would get as much attention as they did. After only 2 weeks, they have received 68,000 likes on Facebook.
“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,'” Stephanie said.
Unfortunately not all the reactions were positive, however. One negative reaction has now seriously impacted Stephanie's life.