Many of us don’t put a lot of thought into the things we post to social media. Whether it’s a favorite photo of a pet, a silly selfie, or a beautiful beach scene, we enjoy sharing our lives with the world.
However, one police officer in Germany found herself in a tough situation when she chose to share some photos of herself on Instagram. It did not occur to her at the time that her actions could cause major changes in her life and career, but that’s exactly what happened.
Serving The Community
Meet Adrienne Koleszár. The 35-year-old has served as a police officer in Dresden, the capital city of Saxony in Germany, for several years. This is no easy job since Dresden is a heavily populated city that’s also a favorite vacation spot for tourists.
Once known as “the Jewel Box,” much of Dresden was destroyed during WWII. It’s been rebuilt and today has many interesting places to visit such as historical sites, castles, and palaces. Adrienne and her colleagues play an important role in keeping the city safe and free of crime.
Police Work Is Demanding
It’s not easy fighting crime and keeping the city safe. A police officer’s job is very demanding, both physically and mentally. Adrienne spends much of her free time trying to stay in prime physical shape.
She frequently posts photos of herself exercising, whether it’s at the gym or outdoors, and says that she loves her job even though it can be hard work at times. This is just one of many workout pics Adrienne has shared on Instagram.
The ‘Most Beautiful Cop In Germany’
Her workout photos and commentary did not go unnoticed. Fans worldwide started liking Adrienne’s Instagram posts, and her account now has almost 650,000 followers! Just a couple of years ago she had around 1,000 followers on the social media platform.
She was even named Germany’s most beautiful police officer, which is quite an honor for anyone to achieve. Her admirable line of work and her dedication to healthy living make Adrienne an inspiration to many.
More Than A Pretty Face
Although fans can’t seem to get enough photos of Adrienne, she’s not just posting selfies 24/7. She also shares her comments and insights on different topics as well as tips on healthy living.
Additionally, she keeps a blog where she shares details about herself, including her personal struggles with dieting. After she turned 30 and saw some photos of herself in a bathing suit, Adrienne underwent a nutrition makeover and is quite candid about how it changed her life. She’s chosen to share this experience with the world.
She Became A Social Media Influencer
As she attracted more and more followers on her Instagram account, it was inevitable that Adrienne would soon attract some pretty big brands that were eager to have her promote their products in sponsored posts.
It was a dream come true for the gorgeous police officer. Not only did she have a platform to talk about her passion for healthy living, but she could make some money on the side doing it! Even so, she doesn’t accept partnerships with every brand that comes along, just the ones she believes in.
Adrienne Took A Break From Work
Even though she loved both of her jobs, Adrienne needed a break from the hectic schedule she was keeping. She decided to travel and took an unpaid six-month leave from the police force.
Traveling the world was a lifelong dream for the policewoman and Instagram model, and she felt that this was the right time to do it. Fortunately, she had saved up plenty of money from her brand promotions on social media and could afford to go without pay from the police department for a few months.
Seeing The World
Travel is one of the main things (other than health and fitness) that Adrienne talks about on social media and her blog. It’s truly a passion of hers, and now she was able to spend several months seeing the world.
Adrienne’s followers were thrilled to watch her globe-trotting adventures on Instagram through the many, many updates and pictures she posted. She was living her best life, and it showed in every photo.
Making Friends During Her Travels
A policewoman at heart, Adrienne even made a point to meet with other cops around the world on her travels. While visiting Miami Beach, Florida, she posted this photo of herself with a uniformed police officer.
In the caption, she thanked her “colleague Ernesto” for giving her a behind-the-scenes tour of the city. Adrienne also visited places like New York, Dubai, Amsterdam, and Cape Town during her six-month tour of the globe.
Her Popularity Soared
As Adrienne journeyed around the world and documented her experiences through beautiful Instagram photos, she continued to gain followers. With every single new update she posted, she attracted even more fans and likes.
As her popularity really started to soar, major companies took notice, and she was getting more and more offers to do paid promotional posts. It seemed like everyone wanted to cash in by having Adrienne mention their brand!
The Fame Surprised Adrienne
Although she had been a social media influencer for some time already, Adrienne was still surprised when she got home after her extended travels. Her photos featuring all the exotic places she had visited had attracted a ton of attention around the world, more attention than she had expected.
Her employers at the police department had been keeping a close eye on her social media posts and saw her rise to even bigger Instagram fame than before she left. This turned out to be a problem.
Called In By Her Supervisor
Not long after returning home after several months of traveling, Adrienne’s supervisor called and asked her to come in for a talk. This did not sound good, thought Adrienne. She wondered what would happen.
Despite enjoying her travels and her work as an Instagram model, Adrienne loved her job as a police officer. She did not want to lose her position and worried about the upcoming meeting with her supervisor at the police department.
She Was Needed On The Police Force
Adrienne had expected bad news when she was first called in to speak with her boss. Even so, she didn’t know exactly what would be discussed. It soon became clear, though.
Once she arrived at the meeting, Adrienne was informed that the Dresden police force had far fewer officers than needed. In fact, they needed about 1,000 more officers to patrol the area and keep everyone safe. Pressure was quickly growing on the department to increase their numbers.
They Felt Her Bikini Photos Were Inappropriate
Higher-ups at the police department, like thousands of other people around the world, had followed her Instagram updates. Unfortunately, they felt that Adrienne’s social media modeling was distracting her from police duties. They also couldn’t help but notice some of her more risque bikini photos and didn’t think those conveyed the image the police department wished to present to the world.
Now Adrienne had to choose between the two jobs, which had been her worst fear heading into the meeting.
Which Would It Be?
When she first started posting modeling photos to Instagram, Adrienne had no idea that she might be jeopardizing her job. It had become one of Adrienne’s worst fears that she’d be forced to choose between serving as a police officer or her promising modeling career. Yet that’s exactly what she ended up having to do.
At the same time, she understood where her police supervisors were coming from. The racy photos she had been posting were really not appropriate for an officer of the law to share publicly.
As her supervisors shared details about how badly they needed additional officers, they gave Adrienne an ultimatum. She had to come back to work effective January 1, or she had to quit the police force for good.
She was given a deadline of December 10 to tell them her final decision. Talk about pressure! Adrienne had so much to think about, and just a short period of time to make a big choice.
She Didn’t Want To Let Her Fans Down
The “most beautiful police officer in Germany” did not want to abandon her fans on social media, and she also didn’t want to let down the police department that relied on her to help keep Dresden safe. Her decision was needed by December 10.
She continued to post to her Instagram account as the deadline came and went. This led many people to believe that she had decided to choose a modeling career over being a police officer.
The Instagram Announcement
After her fans had been waiting for what seemed like ages, Adrienne finally posted her decision to Instagram. She put up a video of herself in uniform, with this announcement: “I’m going to work. I’m going back on the beat. I’m putting my uniform on.”
She added, “I’m looking forward to January, even though I know it’ll be a very difficult month.” In the end, she chose to honor her obligation to the police force. She truly was a dedicated officer of the law!
A Balancing Act
Adrienne didn’t have to give up her social media presence completely, just tone it down a notch or two. “One person – two different sides,” she captioned this photo. “Life is more than just living the fitness lifestyle AND more than just work. Keep always your balance.”
She also reassured her fans that she wasn’t going anywhere. “I’ll still be on Instagram on social media – of course not as much as in the last six months but I’ll still be just as present as I was before [my work leave and travels],” Adrienne told The Sun.
Adrienne’s Decision Led To A Breakup With Her Boyfriend
Adrienne once told a local news outlet that she “would gladly do both [police work and modeling] but acknowledged that “life isn’t always a bowl of cherries.” This turned out to be true in her personal life as well as her professional life. Her boyfriend broke up with her because of her continued presence on Instagram.
Sharing this photo, she revealed that the couple had split up and that social media was “a world he never wanted” to be a part of. Adrienne also blamed her own “egotism” for the split and said she’d be moving out of their shared home.
So Much Gratitude
Does she regret her decision to cut back on the jet-setting Instagram model lifestyle? Not one bit. Speaking of her choice to stay on the police force, Adrienne said, “Am I happy with that I’m doing at the moment? Am I unhappy and do I need to change anything? It wasn’t really any more than that.”
After all, she became Instagram-famous because of her job on the police force. This allowed her to travel and see the world, which she’s incredibly grateful for.
What’s Next For Adrienne?
In a recent post, Adrienne shared this lovely photo of herself with an update. She says that she had some health issues a while ago but that her life is “on track” and that she is “unconditionally happy” and much wiser now than she was a year ago, before she went through this entire ordeal.
She continues to focus on fitness and nutrition and encouraged her fans to stay optimistic, never letting their bubbles burst.
Adrienne recently took part in the 10-Year Challenge, a viral social media trend where users post a photo of themselves from a decade earlier along with a current one. Her before-and-after transformation blew everyone away!
Now a huge advocate of exercise and eating healthy, the stunning police officer hasn’t always been quite as fit as she is today. She even describes her younger self as “gluttonous” and admits that she is “addicted to Reese’s peanut butter cups, Cinnabon and Pizza.”
A New Boyfriend
A year after announcing that she and her boyfriend had called it quits, Adrienne opened up about having a new love in her life. Along with this selfie of the two of them together, she wrote “Love for president.”
Fans can’t help but notice that she looks completely happy these days, even though some of them admit that they’re jealous of the new man in Adrienne’s life! The future certainly looks bright for the love birds.
Your Regular Athlete
Go to any given track and field event and you’re bound to see hundreds of athletes competing. In 2007, Stokke was one of these athletes you would just see passing by at a track meet.
Working part-time modeling in high school, Stokke also put in a lot of work to make a name for herself pole vaulting, breaking countless records along the way. Soon, things changed drastically once a photographer captured the perfect photo of her. It was like she became a national sensation overnight.
Who Exactly Is She?
On March 22, 1989, the future star pole vaulter Allison Stokke was born. She grew up with her parents and older brother out in California, and she was surrounded by sports since her youth. Her brother David was great at gymnastics and competed at the national level.
Stokke was also pushed into the world of gymnastics due to the success of her brother. She tried it, but soon learned it wasn’t the sport for her. Thus, making her go out and find a sport she would enjoy.
Finding Her Calling
Sometimes, finding the thing you’re passionate about only takes one try. After searching for a sport she would enjoy, Stokke instantly fell in love with pole vaulting the moment she picked up the pole and started running with it.
What makes it even better is that Stokke believed she would be great at pole vaulting. Perfecting her craft immediately, Stokke soon became one of the youngest and most successful around the country. At 15-years-old, Stokke won the U.S. title by clearing 12.5 feet!
The Freshman With The Records
During Stokke’s freshman year, she pushed herself extremely hard to better her skills and herself. It all ended up paying off when she began breaking her own records. It started when she improved her 12.5 jump and jumped 12 feet and eight inches.
After her freshman year, Stokke raised the bar again (literally.) She cleared 13 feet and five inches which is a whole foot higher than her U.S. title winning jump she accomplished at only 15.
The Accomplished Senior
When Stokke’s senior year arrived, you can imagine she had a ton of activities to juggle. Along with her studies, she also had a strenuous training schedule to stay on top of. It never slowed her down as she knew it was all worthwhile. She was slowly but surely becoming a nationally recognized pole vaulter.
Stokke was running through her leagues like clockwork winning medal after medal. Her senior year was also the year she topped her record again! She jumped over a whopping 13 feet and six inches.
The Infamous Picture
Life seemed to be going so well for the young star. Then in 2007, things went in the wrong direction after someone took a picture of her during a pole vaulting event. Stokke was only 17 at the time. The photo consisted of her waiting on the runway for her turn.
Not too long after, the photo was posted online and a blog called “With Leather” reposted it. Their clientele is all men, and their content is usually young women. That was a recipe for disaster.
Allison The Internet Sensation
The blog that reposted the photograph already had a shady reputation and made things worse with the demeaning caption they used. They didn’t highlight Stokke’s actual talent, but you can imagine how they framed it. As a result, the picture had a negative impact on Stokke’s life.
After becoming a viral across multiple platforms and seeing the impact it was having on Stokke, the original photographer tried to take action. He spoke with the original website and threatened to sue if they didn’t remove the photo. Unfortunately, it was too late, as the internet had already claimed the picture…
Crushing On Allison
As the first photo was making its rounds on the internet, Stokke fan clubs and websites started to surface (from one picture?) The strange part is that these sites and clubs began to uncover other images of Stokke to post on their websites, giving the people more to enjoy.
Comments on these pictures would be from men talking about how Stokke was their internet crush. Slowly but surely, these websites grew even larger, and Stokke was stuck in the middle of this media onslaught.
Gaining International Traction
The power of the internet is real. Pretty soon, Stokke’s name was being mentioned overseas. She had officially gained an international fanbase, whether she wanted it or not. The blogs and websites continued to post Stokke, but on a larger scale now.
The Washington Post and the New York Times eventually posted her. Germany and the UK started broadcasting about Stokke, her photo, and all of her internet fame. Australia even featured her on one of their popular talk shows.
Attempting To Take Control
Stokke became disturbed by all of this attention stemming from the wrong place. After spending so many years perfecting her craft just to become noticed for something other than that can be quite infuriating. Afterall, this all happened without her permission.
Soon, she had to put on her game face and take matters into her own hands. She soon found out that the internet was too powerful to overcome. Stokke had to hire a manager in charge of taking care of all her calls and emails.
Organizing An Interview
Sometimes, trying to douse the fire only spreads it even more. When Stokke went into action trying to prevent her name from being circulated for the wrong reasons, she didn’t expect it would backfire.
Stokke set up an interview with a large media outlet to help shift the focus on her. In the interview, she discussed pole vaulting matter solely and gave tips to budding women in the field. Sadly, commenters on the YouTube video continued to bring up her beauty and physique.
Receiving Help From Her Father
Realistically, Stokke couldn’t handle this whole mess by herself. Luckily, Stokke’s father was a practicing lawyer who made it his sole mission to keep strangers and danger away from his daughter. The last thing Stokke wanted was unwanted attention.
Her dad went on YouTube for hours marking potentially threatening people who left comments on videos involving his daughter. He was checking to see if anything said was illegal. Removing the immediate danger didn’t help with the lasting issues, however.
CBS Network’s Attempt To Help
In light of all that Stokke had to deal with, she still attempted to find the positives in a crowd of negatives. The photos of her were still going viral, so CBS tried to use her situation as somewhat of a warning to other young women.
Their broadcast highlighted how easy it was to make vulnerable young women public figures with the snap of a picture. No consent is needed, so CBS highlighted the dangers of this caused by social media and the internet at large.
Hard Work Down The Drain?
Athletes might be able to relate to this more. Actually, anyone that has put countless hours into anything will understand as well. The fact that this viral photo cast a massive shadow over Stokke’s true talent made her quite upset.
After all those years of beating her own records and building a buzz, Stokke’s life of pole vaulting was almost nonexistent to the public eye. One search on Google for her and you would get one million results on her by 2010. The vast majority of these results were not about her sport.
The College Life
After all that unnecessary attention Stokke obtained, she was ecstatic to get out of the limelight for a while during her time in college. With those phenomenal pole vaulting skills, she earned a full scholarship to UC Berkeley. This allowed her to stay close to family and friends in California.
During this time, the star athlete kept a profile so low, you would have thought she fell off the map. She rarely posted on her social media accounts, and this allowed her to stay out of sight, out of mind for a few years.
Still Up To Her Old Tricks
With attempts to stay away from the media and press, Stokke channeled her attention back on the pole vaulting runway and school work. With her determination, she excelled in both fields as she was able to in high school as well.
By the time she was done competing in college at Cal, she had earned a masters degree in sociology, and set new records in track. Every competition she was in, Stokke would religiously place in the top ten.
As Stokke sharpened her skills over the years, 2012 was fast approaching. Any athlete who takes their sport seriously will tell you that the Olympics is on their mind. Stokke trained harder than she ever had leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London.
When the time came to qualify for the Olympics, there Stokke was, ready to perform. Sadly, she slimly missed the mark and her chance to represent America. The part that had to hurt is that she’s cleared 14 feet before, but she couldn’t get it when it mattered most.
Stokke Takes On Modeling… She’s A Natural!
2015 was the year Stokke decided to put her pole vault aside and throw herself into her modeling career. Remember, she did this part-time in high school, so it wasn’t too unfamiliar for her. She finally chose to respond to the numerous brands asking her to model their clothes.
That same year, she ended up on Nike’s spring and summer collections and worked for the sports brand, Athleta. Is it really a surprise that she quickly took the modeling world by storm?
Inhale The Love
It seems like Stokke knows how to cause a fuss on the internet without even trying. At the end of 2016, she was making headlines again as it looked like she and Rickie Fowler were more than just friends. They were seen together at the Motocross Grand Pix, cozied up.
The speculations grew even more significant after the pair posted pictures of them together on their social media sites. That deed pretty much seals the deal in today’s society.
A Picture Perfect Relationship
If you’re unaware of who Rickie Fowler is, no worries. He’s a professional golfer who just isn’t as popular as some of the others. One thing that he and his girlfriend Stokke have in common is that they both gained some level of attention through a viral photo.
It took months for the speculation to die down, but soon enough one of Rickie’s teammates spilled the beans on the “secret” relationship. After the couple’s business became public, their love did as well.
Fowler and Stokke Get Engaged
On June 8, 2018, Rickie Fowler and Allison Stokke announced that they were engaged. After dating for around a year, Stokke posted an image on Instagram of Fowler bent on one knee on the beach, and her falling to her knees to say yes.
Elated, she captioned the image,”Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And happy national best friend day to my best best best friend! I love you!!!” Even without knowing either of them personally, it’s easy to see the love between the two professional athletes.
Of Course, She Can Golf
Being the incredibly talented athlete that she is, Allison Stokke wasn’t shy to pick up a golf club and join her future hubby on the links. While not all wives of golf pros enjoy their significant others’ passion, Stokke dove right in.
Here she is in Jersey City, New Jersey, looking like a complete natural with a swing full of prowess. Random members of the press won’t dare hassle her now, as her athlete stardom is on lock down.
She’ll Caddy For Her Man
While in Augusta, Georgia for Fowler’s Masters Golf Tournament in April 2018, Stokke showed her support. Not only did she travel with him and show up to watch, Stokke donned the caddy uniform with a big smile.
There’s no doubt that others are inspired by the young couple joking around and having so much fun while achieving their dreams. It’s obvious that their fame has not gone to their heads, and they are still down to earth.
They Moved To Florida, And They’re Doing Just Fine
Allison Stokke was born and raised in Newport Beach, California, and attended college in Berkeley, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fowler also grew up in Southern California, in Murrieta, located just inland of the coastal area Stokke grew up.
Instead of opting to settle down in their native Southern California, however, like many golfers, Fowler made the move to Florida, and Stokke went with him. Still living by the beach with amazing warm weather to enjoy the outdoors, the couple seems to be acclimating well to their new home.
Together, They Train Like Champions
Part of what makes Stokke and Fowler’s relationship so strong is that they both have strong drive and discipline, and love working out. They’ve settled into a new gym space in Florida where they spend quality time working out and pushing each other.
“Feels good to get back at it! Got myself an East Coast training partner too,” Stokke posted to Instagram. Having someone to work out with can help with motivation and morale, and now these two will have each other forever.