When model Mara Martin was one of 16 finalists selected to walk in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swim Search show, she was thrilled to fulfill a lifelong dream. And when she woke up the day after the show to see that she and her baby daughter had made headlines around the world, she was thrilled all over again. Martin breastfed her 5-month-old daughter Aria while walking in the runway, and the story spread quickly.
various sizes who were selected to model in the inclusive show after an open casting-call process.
SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day says the breastfeeding moment wasn't planned in advance, but it worked out wonderfully. Day was speaking with the models backstage when she noticed Aria was peacefully nursing away. Having breastfed her own two children, Day recognized this as a powerful moment in the making, according to SI Swimsuit. "I asked Mara if she would want to walk and continue to nurse. She said 'Oh my gosh, yes! Really? Are you sure?', and I said absolutely! I loved the idea to be able to allow Mara to keep nursing and further highlight how incredible and beautiful women are," Day explained.
@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!!!!" And thanks to Martin's powerful motherhood moment, now, people are.