One thing we don't see a lot of, however, is motherhood. But model Mara Martin is here to make a statement, along with Sports Illustrated and it's incredibly refreshing.
The 30-year-old model strutted down the Sports Illustrated Swimwear runway in Miami with her 5-month-old daughter, breastfeeding as she went - and is it just us, or are the photos giving you goosebumps?!
She took to Instagram after she made headlines all over the world to say how thankful she was for the opportunity. She wrote,
"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! "
She also commented on how it really shouldn't be a headline at all and should be something no one is surprised to see. After all, for women who breastfeed, it's the most natural thing ever.
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"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!!! #siswimsearch"
She's got a point. Bravo to Sports Illustrated for breaking boundaries and to Mara for using her platform to spread an amazing message.