SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BREASTFEEDING MODEL STIRS CONTROVERSY
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.