Meet Mara Martin, a 30-year old citizen model who was chosen to walk the runway at some insignificant Sports Illustrated swimsuit event. Mara has low self-esteem, so she decided to spice up her debut by disgusting the viewers.
The 30-year-old hit the runway in a bikini while breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter, Aria.
Now before the “sexist, misogynist” hate mail starts flooding in, I have no problem with breastfeeding. I do have a problem with forcing others to not only witness it, but applaud it. This stunt – and make no mistake, it is a stunt – was conceived to generate buzz about a swimsuit show no one cares about. But hey Mara, you be you.
Martin, who’s from Monroe, Michigan, was one of the 16 finalists — which include a former maid and a security guard — chosen by the magazine’s open casting call at Miami Swim Week. Post-catwalk, fans flooded Martin’s Instagram with supportive comments.
“This is so powerful,” writes Haley Kalil, who won this year’s SI Swimsuit Model search and also walked in the fashion show.
Serious question: how is this “powerful?” If Mara tried this in, say, Saudia Arabia it would be powerful. In America, it’s something Madonna would have done in the 80’s. In short, it’s tiresome.
Come to think of it, I guess it’s “powerful” for Mara to walk the runway in a completely unflattering bikini which accentuates her flab, instead of her curves.