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.
A Natural Model
Modeling came very easily to Samantha. She had built up an impressive work ethic and physique from years of hard work with the police force. Unlike working with the police, which was both dangerous and required many hours, modeling didn’t require any effort on her part and came very naturally to her. It was a great opportunity to enjoy herself and relax.
The more modeling work Samantha did, the more she was approached to do extra work. Eventually, she built up a worldwide fan base and even began being recognized while walking down the street. This caused various larger modeling agencies to knock on her door, leading to even bigger and more luxurious opportunities for the young model.
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.
Bad Reactions From the Team
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.
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.