Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Mara Martin Breastfeeds On Runway [PICS]

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Mara Martin made a splash at a Miami fashion show when she walked down the runway while breastfeeding her newborn daughter.

By Motherly on July 16, 2018
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Mara Martin, Model Breastfeeds On Runway
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Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Mara Martin recently shocked the audience while walking a runway in Miami, Florida.

According to The Sun, the reason for their surprise was due to something unusual Martin did as she walked. In what may be a modelling first, Martin breastfed her baby as she strutted in front of the huge crowd.

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The model gave birth only a few months ago, and she had her baby backstage with her during the Sports Illustrated show. While she reportedly never planned on bringing her onstage during her catwalk, she had to change her plans when it was time to go. According to MTO News, her daughter, Aria, starting crying right as she needed to hit the stage. Rather than leave her daughter with strangers, she decided to improvise and take her with her.

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Thankfully, her choice seems to have paid off, and an overwhelming majority thought the move was amazing. One woman wrote:

“Keeping it real, showing love and affection to your children outside of the home sets an example as to how to raise your children.”

Another said:

 “Wow, amazing! More women should do that!”

Martin also took to Instagram to share her own thoughts about the moment.

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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 double 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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We wish Mara Martin and her daughter the best, and we look forward to seeing them again on a runway sometime soon.

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