It is sad that there are still so many women who are still being humiliated for breastfeeding openly in public. While it is unfortunate, there are brands like Sports Illustrated that are supporting breastfeeding moms in the most unique way. Model Mara Martin walked the 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit catwalk while breastfeeding her little girl, Aria. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Fashion Show that happened on Sunday evening in Miami, Florida has gone viral because of the special appearance of Mara Martin.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuits' Instagram account uploaded the video and titled it with 'Girl Power' This created a wave amongst so many women across the globe and brought them together on the subject of breastfeeding. Amongst the 16 finalists, one of them Martin from an open casting call at Miami Swim Week for which thousands of women auditioned. They chose a very particular group of women via their videos, Instagram profiles and interviews. Reportedly their agenda was to let each individual one their true selves, according to the Instagram post made by Martin.
The beautiful mother walked the runway wearing a gold bikini and like a boss, she pulled down one strap of the bikini to feed baby Aria. Baby Aria, on the other hand, wore a soundproofing headphones so that her ears could be protected from the noise.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuits' Instagram post captioned the video with 'GIRL POWER! #SISwimSearch Sweet 16 finalist Mara walks the runway while breastfeeding her five-month-old baby.'
Here’s the Video Posted on Sports Illustrated Swimsuits’ Instagram
Mara Martin also posted a screengrab of a new lauding her walking on the ramp breastfeeding for which she wrote a humble post thanking everyone and also said, 'the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see.'
Here is the complete post made by Mara Martin:
Wow! WHAT A NIGHT! Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit. Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL! But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see. One woman is going to boot camp in two weeks to serve our country (sorry i don’t know your IG handle 🤦🏽♀️), one woman had a mastectomy (@allynrose), and another is a cancer survivor, 2x paralympic gold medalist, as well as a mother herself (@bren_hucks you rock) Those are the stories that our world should be discussing!!!! Just thinking about all that was represented there... I desperately need to give the most thanks to @mj_day for this. She supported me in what I did last night. Without her support this wouldn’t even be discussed!!!! She and the entire Sports Illustrated family are the most amazing and incredible team to have worked with. THANK YOU for letting all 16 of us be our true selves, strong beautiful women!!! Because of you, my daughter is going to grow up in a better world, where she will always feel this way!!!!!! Lastly, to every single woman that rocked that runway with me. Be proud. I know I am of you! You all have inspired me in ways unimaginable. I love you all!!! #siswimsearch
The show also featured amputee model and Paralympic gold medal snowboarder Brenna Huckaby which has also been loved all over social media globally. This only goes to show the beautiful message sent across by the brand in a world where there are so many women who are frowned upon for breastfeeding publicly. Not long ago even in India Gilu Joseph’s Breastfeeding Photo-Shoot went viral: What Do Real Mothers Think about Breastfeeding in Public?