I’m sure there’s about a million horny teenagers who heard that a Sports Illustrated model recently walked in a swimsuit runway show with one titty out, but it wasn’t a sexy surprise titty. It was a titty doing an important job.
A former college volleyball player and current model named Mara Martin walked in the Sports Illustrated Swim Search runway show in Miami on Sunday. Mara was among 16 finalist chosen by SI in an open call for Miami Swim Week, and when it came time to hit the runway, she was accompanied by her 5-month-old daughter Aria. Aria clearly didn’t care, or maybe she was hiding her face because she was so embarrassed to be seen in a too-small diaper cover made from Oscar the Grouch.
30-year-old Mara told the Today show that it all happened because the show kept getting pushed back further and further until it conflicted with Aria’s dinnertime. So Mara fed her baby. When it came time for Mara to get on the runway, SI Swimsuit Issue editor MJ Day asked Mara if she just wanted to keep nursing as she walked, to which Mara replied, “I would love to do that.”
Mara received cheers when she walked the runway, and more cheers from the internet after it happened. Even Shonda Rhimes was feeling it. Mara took to Instagram to thank everyone for all the support she’s received, saying:
“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! 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.”
Walking down a runway in what is basically underwear, thinking “heel, toe, heel, toe” as you try not to trip , all while holding an infant that is going to town on a nipple is some serious multitasking. And obviously it won Mara some fans. Former SI swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen should keep this in mind the next time she takes shit from some stranger on the internet for publicly breastfeeding. She can explain that any floor you walk on is technically a runway, which means she was technically modeling, before kindly requesting they go to hell.