Model Breastfeeds On SI Swimsuit Fashion Show Catwalk

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A moment we’ll never forget! @_maramartin_ walked the #SISwim x @paraisofashionfair runway show while breastfeeding her daughter. Click the link in bio or swipe up in our story to learn more.

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Women wearing bikinis in a fashion show are always head turners, but when model Mara Martin stepped out at the “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit fashion show, people really paid attention. The 30-year-old mom hit the runway holding her five-month-old daughter, Aria and breastfed the baby while strutting her stuff in a bathing suit.

The mom from Monroe, Michigan was chosen by the magazine as one of the 16 finalists at an open casting call at Miami Swim Week. Before she hit the catwalk, she shared a snap of her adorable grinning baby girl on Instagram. (see below!) with the caption:

“The face you make when your mom makes it to the final 16 of the @si_swimsuit Swim Search,” she writes in the caption. “I’m so so so thankful for the entire team at Sports Illustrated for picking me.”

After the swimsuit show, fans showed their support for Mara with positive comments. “This is so powerful,” writes Haley Kalil, who won this year’s “Sports Illustrated” Swimsuit Model search and also walked in the fashion show. 

Another Insta user called it “one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.”

Of course, there were negative comments, too, saying Mara was “over-glorifying” breastfeeding and calling it “unnecessary.” But no matter how you feel about it, this mom definitely has people talking. 

If you want to see some of the other hot shots featuring SI Swimsuit models, keep strolling down..... 

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!!!! #ownit #siswimsearch #imfreakingoutwithexcitement #modelmom #letsdothis #loveyouguys

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Backstage with @georgiagibbs_ at the @ishine365 show! 💛 #havananights @paraisofashionfair @cabanashow @theplymouthmiami @smallluxuryhotels

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BTW...this is the cover model closing out the show with a blown kiss on the catwalk: Danielle Herrington.

💋💋 from cover model @danielle_herrington_ who closed the #SISwim x @paraisofashionfair runway show last night!

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Rosé all day at the @si_swimsuit x @paraisofashionfair brunch! 🥂 @camillekostek @thewhisperingangel

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Tune in to @todayshow tomorrow morning around 7am EST to see these two cuties and hear more about how @_maramartin_'s viral runway moment came to be! #SISwimSearch

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