While Samantha expected that her teammates would be initially shocked and perhaps even skeptical of her second occupation, she didn’t expect them to react as badly as they did. The crew was highly dismissive of her line of work and claimed it seriously jeopardized their unit’s ability to command respect on the street.
Although these professional criticisms were painful, she couldn’t help but agree with their logic. What ended up really hurting her, though, were the countless personal attacks Samantha received from the people she was so used to working with over the last few years. She was even openly ridiculed by some of her teammates.
Finding the Right Balance
Despite making a whole lot more money from her modeling work, Samantha never even considered leaving the police force in favor of her second job. She had a deep and fundamental relationship with her team, and couldn’t get the sense of contribution and pride anywhere else. This ended up causing problems, as both sides began requesting her undivided loyalty.
Working as a police officer and a model was not easy. While one job requires many hours, the other one had her constantly traveling. Things really became difficult when Samantha’s colleagues began seeing her photos all over the internet, which was what caused the gossip in the first place.
Too Much Exposure
As much as Samantha appreciated her privacy and ability to work undercover as a police officer, modeling was beginning to really get in the way of that. Her photos were extremely popular and began reaching millions of people across the world. Her modeling agency even had a special team that helped market her photos on social media platforms.
With such exposure, it couldn’t take long for her detective and police officer teammates to uncover the truth. Samantha knew that her colleagues would eventually find out, but she didn’t think that it would end up hurting her reputation in the force as much as it did.
Samantha felt ashamed of her colleagues' behavior, especially since she was an immigrant like many of them. The young police officer had a family to support and worked two jobs like many others in the force. The only reason they were disapproving and making fun of her was that she was modeling.
Despite having to take more vacation days than others on the team, she was never late, negligent, or even missed a meeting. There was no reason for anyone to judge Samantha for her job, especially not as harshly as her crew did. The young officer knew it was there all along — the gender barrier. Although she fought to overcome it before, there it was in full force.
Not Letting Others Push Her Around
Samantha knew that she was right on this one, and decided to fight for her rights and self-respect. As a police officer, she did an incredible job, and was often honored and appreciated for her hard work and talents. It’s only because her part-time job involved her working with her body that she received such negative treatment from her superiors.
Some of her colleagues began referring to her lingerie modeling career as a form of selling her body, but Samantha chose to look at it as a symbol of female empowerment. She was celebrating her body and felt that it gave her both confidence and pride. The police officer worked hard to get in shape and deserved every bit of glory and money she received from it.