Model Mara Martin breastfeeds her baby while walking the runway
Mara Martin 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
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.
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
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:
Here is a video of mom/model #maramartin dat went viral kos she walkd d runway while breastfeeding her baby during d #wsouthbeach The message in dis vid s really strong n I hope every1 sees dat women can do it all n there's nothing wrong with breastfeeding a child. It's natural pic.twitter.com/KOm1uSvzRK — Maame (@maame_riri) July 17, 2018
She not only looks amazing but Mara Martin is who we all are - women, strong beautiful people and she’s doing the best job being a mum while working. https://t.co/mL28wAEu7T — catgad (@kiwiwmn) July 16, 2018
Yep. THIS. When women are empowered the world is a better place. Thank you Mara Martin for your bravery. And thank you to all the brave women that stand proud in their own skin, doing… https://t.co/3wCpY3jdnE — MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) July 17, 2018
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:
I breastfed my children, this doesn’t empower me in any way or form. Enjoy quality time with your child...I think it’s very sad. — Andrea Farnworth (@Long4Andrea) July 17, 2018
Breastfeeding in a discreet manner is normal, breastfeeding on a runway wearing a gold bikini in front of the hundreds of people for all the world to see??? That’s Mara Martin grasping at her 15 minutes of fame. Should be embarrassed and ashamed for using her child to it. — Jason Eisenschink (@JasonE4187) July 17, 2018
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 report by CBS News said., and this year in February, the magazine addressed the #MeToo movement with models donning empowering words on their bodies, a
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