Model Mara Martin breastfeeds her baby while walking the runway

FP Staff

Jul 19, 2018 12:13:04 IST

The annual Paraiso Fashion Fair, conducted by Sports Illustrated magazine, saw model Mara Martin breastfed her five-month-old infant daughter as she walked on the ramp. Martin was a part of the 16 finalists who had been shortlisted for the show that was a part of the Miami fashion week.

 Model Mara Martin breastfeeds her baby while walking the runway

Mara Martin. Instagram/@_maramartin_

The baby, Aria, was made to wear a pair of headphones to shield her ears from the loud music and cheers from the passionate audience members who zealously admired Mara's stance, reports ABC News.

MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue told Today that the idea germinated from seeing Mara nursing her baby. "I was like, 'Do you just want to nurse while you walk down the runway?' And she was like, 'I would love to do that.'" she said.

On 17 July, Mara posted on Instagram saying that breastfeeding was nothing headline-worthy and that she intends to normalise an action that she does on a daily basis.

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

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Mara Martin's runway strut divided the social media into two factions, where one camp applauded her with ''bravo'' and ''amazing'', advocating normalising acts such as breastfeeding in public whereas the other was outraged, questioning the motive behind her action.  There was an outpour of tweets supporting Mara Martin:

Brooklyn Decker, a model who has appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, extended her support towards Martin on Twitter:

However, there were others who were dissatisfied with the stance that the model had taken:

 The show also featured Brenna Huckaby, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist snowboarder and Allyn Rose, a model who recently underwent a double mastectomy. Furthermore Christie Brinkley at the age of 63 made an appearance at an issue last year, and this year in February, the magazine addressed the #MeToo movement with models donning empowering words on their bodies, a report by CBS News said.

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Updated Date: Jul 19, 2018 12:13:33 IST