A model by the name of Mara Martin walked Sports the Il­lus­trated an­nual swim­suit show run­way while breast­feed­ing her five-month-old daugh­ter Aria, caus­ing a stir among the au­di­ence and on­line com­mu­nity alike. And while many viewed her act to be in­spir­ing/em­pow­er­ing, some peo­ple ac­cused her of at­ten­tion seek­ing. Af­ter many ar­ti­cles were writ­ten about the in­ci­dent, Martin ad­dressed the hype in an In­sta­gram post. “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!” the cap­tion read. The model pro­ceeded to pay homage to the women who walked the run­way with her in the cap­tion, in­clud­ing one woman who had a mas­tec­tomy and a cancer sur­vivor and Par­a­lympic gold medal­ist, be­fore thank­ing the Sports Il­lus­trated team for this op­por­tu­nity. “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!!!” she con­cluded, cel­e­brat­ing wom­an­hood and brush­ing off neg­a­tive crit­i­cism.

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