This Swimsuit Model Walked Down the Runway While Breastfeeding Her Daughter
She hoped that walking the Sports Illustrated catwalk could help prove that women really can do it all.
This story originally appeared on People.com by Jessica Facteau.
This new mom really knows how to work the runway.
While walking in the Sports Illustrated Swim Search fashion show on Sunday night, model Mara Martin strutted down the runway in a sparkly gold bikini while breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter. In a clip from the show, Martin is seen carrying her daughter-who is wearing blue earmuffs to block out the noise of the music-while spectators cheer. (Related: The Perks and Health Benefits of Breastfeeding)
"I can't believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day," Martin posted on Instagram the following morning. "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!" (Related: This Mama Breastfeeds While She Exercises and It's Kind of Amazing)
She adds: "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."
Martin refers to several other women who also walked the runway, including 22-year-old Paralympic snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, as well as a woman who is joining the military and another who is a cancer survivor. (Related: This Woman Won a Gold Medal at the Paralympics After Being In a Vegetative State)
The model also noted how Sports Illustrated let the finalists "be their true selves."
"Because of you, my daughter is going to grow up in a better world, where she will always feel this way!" she wrote. "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!"