This past Sunday night, previously unknown aspiring Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and new mom Mara Martin "made waves" at the 2018 Paraiso x SI Swimsuit Runway Show during Swim Week in Miami.
Martin, 32, casually became the talk of the show when she walked the catwalk while simultaneously holding — and breastfeeding! — her 5-month-old baby girl, Aria, proving that once you become a mom, you really never get another day off.
Martin appeared as one of 16 finalists chosen to participate in the show, which she announced in an exciting post featuring a sweet photo of herself and her daughter on Instagram.
Wearing a stunning gold bikini, Martin proudly walked the runway visibly nursing Aria — who herself wore noise-canceling headphones, a green bikini and, naturally, a diaper — to the sound of cheers from the supportive and delighted audience.
In videos of Martin's runway appearance, adorable baby Aria seems completely relaxed, even with all the excitement going on around her.
After seeing the footage posted on Sports Illustrated's Instagram account, many showed their support by leaving comments like, "I love this!", "POWER MOM!!!!!", and "U GO GIRL GOOD 4 U!!!!!!!".
Martin's own post the day after all the excitement called fans attention to several other inspiring women who rocked the Sports Illustrated runway by her side, including two time Paralympic gold medalist and fellow mom, Brenna Huckaby.
In a time when something as universally human as breastfeeding continues to be shamed, even by other women, Martin's bold move is certainly empowering, and she's expressed her hope this public support and media attention will help continue to normalize breastfeeding in public.
Interestingly, Aria's appearance with her mom on the runway was not, as some may understandably assume, something anyone involved with the show had planned.
"It was very spontaneous," explained SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day. "When I was talking with the girls backstage prior to the show beginning, I saw that Mara's baby was sleeping and peacefully nursing. I asked Mara if she would want to walk and continue to nurse. She said 'Oh my gosh, yes! Really? Are you sure?', and I