Breastfeeding model causes stir on catwalk
A model breastfeeding her baby on the catwalk has caused a stir among those gathered at a fashion show in Miami. Mara Martin held her five-month-old daughter Aria at Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit show on Sunday.
"I can't believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day," she wrote on her Instagram page.
Many social media users praised the model as "inspiring", but some accused her of attention seeking. On her Instagram page, many users left messages of support, although some users were left unimpressed.
"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." the model wrote later.
Martin was one of 16 finalists chosen for this year's show in an open casting. She appeared on the catwalk in a gold bikini, breastfeeding Aria at the same time. The baby had headphones on to protect her from the noise of music and the crowd.
Breastfeeding is a natural, normal part of life. It’s a shame that many women have been made to feel ashamed to do it in public – which is why it’s so refreshing to see breastfeeding being represented on a runway.