Model Mara Martin did not in her wildest dreams imagine that a normal act such as breast feeding could take her reputation along with the reputation of women who breastfeed to new heights by giving out the message that breastfeeding at work was normal. She was a tad-bit shocked to see reports that the act had been publicised so much the next day after she was done with the ramp walk.
She made a statement when she breastfed her five-month-old daughter while she was on the ramp for a fashion show.
The magazine, Sports Illustrated, which is famous for its annual Swimsuit Issue, was championing motherhood and breastfeeding at its recent model casting competition.
Martin was one of the 16 finalists in the Swim Search show and was breastfed her five-month-old daughter Aria while doing the catwalk. The new mother walked the runway in a gold two-piece bikini at the event held as a part of Miami Swim Week, aceshowbiz.com reported.
The audience loudly cheered on as she graced the ramp with her daughter and herself while breastfeeding.
The magazine shared on its Instagram account a video of Martin walking the runway while carrying her baby. The comment section was flooded with messages praising her for normalising breastfeeding at work.
The model took to Instagram to share pictures of herself and her daughter during the ramp walk.
“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,” she wrote in the caption.
She used the opportunity to raise awareness about other important issues.
“But to be honest, the real reason I can`t believe it is a headline is because it should not be a headline! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that,” she added, pointing out to other women whose stories she feels the world should discuss.
The magazine in the past few years has been focussing on trying to change the traditional beauty standards by featuring plus-size models on its cover. It also supports gender equality by championing female photographers behind the lens.