Mara Martin breastfed her baby daughter on the catwalk at a fashion show in Miami.
The Michigan-based model was selected as one of 16 finalists to walk in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit show, which she did wearing a metallic gold bikini, while feeding her five-month-old baby, Aria. Martin posted a picture on Instagram of one publication’s coverage of the event, writing that she wanted to remove the stigma of breastfeeding in public.
“I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day,” she wrote. “It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalise breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”
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
“But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!” she continued. “My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that.”
Her young daughter wore headphones to protect her ears from the noise. Unlike most models, who are asked to keep a straight face during shows, Martin was pictured smiling throughout.
The event also featured a turn from amputee model and Paralympic gold medal snowboarder Brenna Huckaby.
Public breastfeeding is still frowned upon by many in the UK and the shaming of it statistically deters women from doing so. In 2017, it was revealed that less than half of women that start breastfeeding stop after two months – four months less than the recommended amount – with 63 per cent saying that feeling embarrassment in front of strangers prompted their decision.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK