Walking in a fashion show is a big deal for any model, but for one, it was statement-making moment.
According to Glamour, model Mara Martin was one of 16 finalists chosen to participate in a Sports Illustrated swimwear fashion show during Miami Swim Week, and when she graced the catwalk, she did so while breastfeeding her 5-month-old son.
Wearing a gold one-shouldered bikini for her trip down the runway, Glamour says she toted her diaper-clad son in her arms while he was sporting noise-cancelling headphones.
Martin later took to Instagram to share the reaction she’s received to her groundbreaking runway appearance, posting a screenshot of a Daily Mail article and writing that the whole experience has been “amazing.”
“Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “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!”
Sports Illustrated is making a splash, and this time, it’s not for their swimsuit edition.
According to Today, the magazine recently unveiled a brand-new swim and activewear collection at Miami Swim Week, and the line is already earning rave reviews for its body inclusivity and stylish designs. The collection, called Sports Illustrated Swim and Active, spans a variety of styles, Today says, including “sexy, high-waisted bikinis, metallic one-pieces and floral designs, which several curvy models rocked on the runway in Miami.”
With models of all shapes and sizes walking pieces of the line down the runway, Today reports that many in attendance weren’t expecting such a body-positive display.
“You could hear the roar of the applause as they walked down the runway,” MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, told Today. “One girl came up to me after. She was a blogger, and she had just recently lost 100 pounds, and her eyes welled up. She just was like … ‘I couldn’t leave without thanking you and telling you how much this means to me.'”
What’s more is that these models have the chance to be featured in SI‘s swimsuit edition, says Today, as they were chosen from an open casting call in May and are currently competing for a chance to leave their mark on the magazine, which comes out in February.
Check out the new swimwear line and its body-positive models here.