Mara Martin breastfed her five-month-old daughter while walking the runway — like a total boss
Model and mom Mara Martin is being praised for walking the runway at the Sports Illustrated Swim Search in a smokin’ hot gold bikini — while breastfeeding her five-month-old daughter.
*stands and applauds*
The best part of this story is that Martin is legit stunned that she’s making headlines “for doing something I do every day.”
Look. At. Her.
Sports Illustrated posted the footage of Martin feeding her daughter while walking the runway on their Instagram page including the phrase “GIRL POWER” in their caption. Damn right.
Martin, though surprised at the attention, is thrilled to use the moment to help further the conversation about breastfeeding. “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!” she wrote in an Instagram post.
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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 (@shauntness), 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
She says the story is that it shouldn’t even be a story that an infant needed feeding and her mom made it happen. “My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that,” she writes. Martin also called out other women who walked the runway that night and their own amazing accomplishments. “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!”
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The face you make when your mom makes it to the final 16 of the @si_swimsuit Swim Search!! Im so so so thankful for the entire team at sports illustrated for picking me! @mj_day (and team)… you guys are THE FREAKING BEST! And to EVERY girl that casted from the online submissions to the open call.. you all rock. My fellow girls in the final 16.. LETS DO THIS!!! Congratulations to every single one of you!!!! #ownit #siswimsearch #imfreakingoutwithexcitement #modelmom #letsdothis #loveyouguys
Also, it wasn’t lost on Martin what a moment like this can mean for her daughter. “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!”
Twitter was full of praise for Martin.
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
LOVE THIS!!!! <3
"Mara Martin hit the runway on Sunday night for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swim Search show.
The new mom was one of 16 finalists chosen to take part in the show as part of Miami Swim Week." https://t.co/WvFaym6EW3
— Shari Criso (@ShariCriso) July 16, 2018
As we’ve seen time and again, no matter how natural breastfeeding truly is, there are plenty of people who think it needs to stay behind closed doors and remain undiscussed. Fortunately, there are moms like Martin who have no qualms putting it front and center where hopefully, some will see it and recognize that it’s seriously no big deal.
Like she said, this shouldn’t even be a story.