During the Paraiso x Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show on Sunday night in Miami, one model mom proved there’s never a wrong time to feed your baby. Mara Martin walked down the runway breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter, Aria, while wearing a good two-piece bikini.
Martin, an SI Swimsuit model search finalist, expressed how walking the SI runway was “lifelong dream of hers.” What was more of a shock was seeing headlines about feeding her child, which is just a task she regularly does. “I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day,” Martin posted on Instagram on Monday morning. “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!”
The model also said other women who walked the runway deserved more attention than her including a cancer survivor and Paralympic gold medalist. Martin also thanks Sports Illustrated for allowing each woman to be true to their own identities.
The magazine has embraced the changing political climate in recent years. This year’s February issue shined a light on the Me Too movement featuring the models in the spread with words of empowerment written on them.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.