Sports Illustrated Shares Awesome #Momming Moment to Instagram
Model Mara Martin wore a one-shoulder, gold bikini when she strolled the runway during the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swim Search show. But the bathing suit, or even her gorgeous body, wasn’t what got people’s attention that day. Instead, it was the fact that Mara carried her 5-month-old daughter in her arms as she walked. And, the baby was breastfeeding at the time.
Shortly after the final sixteen were chosen, Martin shared this post to her own Instagram account showing her smiling baby backstage.
“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!!!!”
After seeing Mara’s modest and excited post, Sports Illustrated shared their own video of the gorgeous Mom in her suit. And, that’s when the internet lit up.
“GIRL POWER! #SISwimSearch Sweet 16 finalist Mara walks the runway while breastfeeding her five-month-old baby.”
The day after the show, the just five months postpartum Mara woke up to hundred of headlines sharing her walk. Rightly so, the large majority praised her for the MOM POWER move of proudly breastfeeding her baby in a killer swimsuit. A very grateful Mara, hopped back online to thank all her supporters and to share a few words about her decision to walk with baby Aria. We loved her incredible caption! Her words and her gratitude show that she’s even more beautiful inside than she is on the outside.
“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 (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!!!! 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!!!”
Girl Power is right!