When you think of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, you may think of some of the more iconic faces to grace the cover. Christy Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, and Cheryl Tiegs are some of the famous faces that have graced the cover, and they all have a certain look.
In 1997, Tyra Banks challenged the idea of the SI Swimsuit model by being the first black model to grace the cover. In 2007, Beyoncé made waves as the cover star, since she is neither a model nor an athlete. In 2015, Ashley Graham became the first plus-sized model to land the coveted cover.
Today, Sports Illustrated continues to work toward inclusivity. They held their first-ever in-person, open casting call at Miami’s W South Beach this past weekend. Women of all shapes and sizes were encouraged to come out and try to land a spot on the Swim Week runway. One model wowed crowds by walking the runway while breastfeeding her baby.
The Sports Illustrated Swim Search was bringing the heat to Miami during a weekend in July.
Meet Mara Martin, one of the 16 finalists that hit the runway for SI Swim Week.
Aside from being a gorgeous model, Mara is also a mama. Her daughter, Aria, is just 5 months old.
Aria accompanied her mom to the search for SI runway models and was all smiles when Mara was picked to be one of 16 models to walk the runway.
Aria ended up hitting the runway with her mama and making a mark of her own. Mara walked in the show while breastfeeding, and it was seen as a power move by all.
The moment went viral quickly, with headlines around the world praising Mara for doing something so natural on such a public stage.
While some questioned it as a PR stunt or just altogether unnecessary, moms who still get flack for breastfeeding in public saw it as a…