90 Day Fiance star Paola Mayfield has lashed out at critics pretty fearlessly, but when it comes to worries that she’s going to disappoint Russ?
She’s a nervous (gorgeous) wreck.
Because she’s in lingerie for a modeling job, and even though she’s going through with it because she’s a professional … it’s complicated.
She knows that her conservative husband doesn’t like it when she shows skin outside of the bedroom, making for ongoing conflict.
Paola and Russ Mayfield are somewhere in the middle as far as the state of 90 Day Fiance couples and the quality of their relationships.
They’re certainly doing way better than the now-split Danielle Mullins and Mohamed Jbali.
And also way better than the definitely-should-split Jorge Nava and Anfisa Arkhipchenko.
But they’re not as close and cuddly as the picture-perfect, totally amicable Alan Cox and Kirlyam, who are expecting a child soon.
As we’ve mentioned, the primary source of conflict between Paola and Russ isn’t cheating or money; it’s Paola’s job.
Paola is a fitness model and now a certified personal trainer. Russ isn’t very comfortable with how she dresses … or how little she dresses … for work.
(Even though he married a head-snapping model and you’d think that he’d have understood that from day one.)
The issue this time is that Russ has been insistent very recently on 90 Day Fiance that Paola shouldn’t wear lingerie outside of the bedroom.
We’ll get into that in a moment.
On an upcoming episode of 90 Day Fiance, Paola has booked a gig where she’s a model in a music video.
But Paola is going against Russ’ wishes. Because she’s wearing lingerie. And looks incredible, of course.
(So great that in a couple of shots, they decided to blur out her body.)
But she’s a nervous wreck because, while Russ wants her to find work, he doesn’t want Paola wearing lingerie on camera.
(Though she is in a bedroom, we’d like to point out.)
Paola gets so worked up about upsetting Russ with her outfit that she throws up, twice.
That’s hard to imagine for some folks — different people’s stomachs are more or less nervous than others.
(Personally, I haven’t thrown up since January 2004, and I plan to keep it that way.)
But it shows how much she cares about his feelings and wants to make him happy.
Russ issuing edicts about what he is and isn’t okay with Paola wearing, including for work, doesn’t sit well with us at all.
First of all, my guy, sometimes (as in this case) that is literally part of her job.
Second of all, she is your wife — not your property.
She’s a professional, and that means wearing what she needs to on set and not either losing a gig or ruining a music video by insisting that things go her way.
Good for Paola.
Paola does confess her anxieties to the director.
"I’m freaking out," she says at one point.
"My husband is a really conservative guy and for him, he doesn’t know I’m wearing lingerie."
We wonder how often directors hear that kind of thing.
"He’s going to freak out. He’s going to kill me. I feel like I want to throw up."
We don’t think that Paola means that she actually fears for her life or safety.
It’s worth noting that Paola and Russ are, last that we checked, still together.
Reality show footage is always a little behind the times, so this issue is hopefully something that the couple has already worked out.
We’ll just have to keep watching 90 Day Fiance to find out exactly how they work it out.
Hopefully their solution will involve Russ putting on his big-boy pants and realizing that Paola can dress for work however she needs to.
Whether it’s his ego or his Oklahoma values or whatever that’s getting him all worked up about Paola wearing lingerie for modeling, he needs to get used to it and be supportive of her career.
Paola’s stomach shouldn’t be in knots while she’s at a shoot.
She needs to focus on her work while she’s at work, not worry if it’s going to end her marriage.
When you look at this situation, you can’t help but feel for Paola.