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'She should be embarrassed and ashamed!' Breastfeeding bikini model is savaged on social media, as people slam her decision to walk the runway while nursing her baby girl

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/18/2018 Charlie Lankston

a woman wearing a swimsuit: Multitasking: Mara Martin, 30, walked on the runway during the Sports Illustrated swimsuit show on Sunday night in Miami, Florida, while breastfeeding her daughter Aria © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Multitasking: Mara Martin, 30, walked on the runway during the Sports Illustrated swimsuit show on Sunday night in Miami, Florida, while breastfeeding her daughter Aria a woman wearing a swimsuit: Selection: The proud mother was one of 16 finalists selected from an open casting call to take part in the runway show as part of Miami Swim Week © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Selection: The proud mother was one of 16 finalists selected from an open casting call to take part in the runway show as part of Miami Swim Week The bikini model who breastfed her five-month-old daughter while walking down the runway over the weekend has received backlash with people labeling her catwalk a media stunt and others believing she should 'embarrassed' and 'ashamed'.

Mara Martin, 30, walked on the runway at the W Hotel South Beach during the Sports Illustrated swimsuit show on Sunday night in Miami, Florida, modelling a golden bikini and holding her daughter Aria in her arms. 

And while some have applauded her as 'inspiration' for mothers everywhere, others were quick to voice their 'disgust' over Mara's decision to breastfeed her baby while walking the runway.

One person wrote in a tweet: ' Yuck! Not appropriate at all!! There is a time and place for things - a runway is for a hot model not a breastfeeding mother.'

And another person shared on Twitter: 'Indeed, but I think a model on a catwalk breastfeeding is ridiculous. Being supported is one thing this doesn't make any sense to me and many will disagree with me so I will end the discussion here.' 

'Not at all saying she can’t, but walking the runway in a bikini while breastfeeding is weird as hell,' one comment said. 'Not gross, just weird.'

And others said that Mara was using her baby as an 'accessory' for fame and recognition with a tweet that said: 'Exploitation of baby as fashion accessory.' 

'Didn’t get impressed, what she did it is to get publicity,' one comment said 'To me was disgusting not by breastfeeding but to use her baby.'

a screenshot of a cell phone: Online abuse: One person said that the runway was not the place for breastfeeding a child

Online abuse: One person said that the runway was not the place for breastfeeding a child
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Another person thought she was 'grasping for fame' and wasn't afraid to let their feelings be known in a tweet that said: 'Breastfeeding in a discreet manner is normal, breastfeeding on a runway wearing a gold bikini in front of the hundreds of people for all the world to see???' 

'That’s Mara Martin grasping at her 15 minutes of fame. Should be embarrassed and ashamed for using her child to it.'

And some went as far to fat shame the mother in a tweet that said: 'So gross.. not powerful at all.. more like disrespectful to most mothers.. I never wanna see this fat girl again.'

And someone wrote on Twitter that he was even going to unfollow Sports Illustrated Swimsuit on social media for its decision to feature her in its runway. 

Enough: Someone wrote on Twitter that he was even going to unfollow Sports Illustrated Swimsuit on social media for its decision to feature her in its runway

Enough: Someone wrote on Twitter that he was even going to unfollow Sports Illustrated Swimsuit on social media for its decision to feature her in its runway
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

The tweet said: ''Ok - time to unfollow. Putting fat girls on the pages was bad enough, but this is too much' and another tweet said: 'Can't get enough attention! Get some help!'

'Show me breastfeeding in the grocery store, the bank etc. without any prejudice then I’ll applaud! That’s real life, not a catwalk,' one person said in a tweet. 

'Not needed,' someone else wrote on social media. This breastfeeding thing is way out over the top. fed [sic] your child because its normal and natural, but don't flaunt it.'

And someone else wrote that working moms should pump because there is a 'time and place for everything'.    

'I don't care how natural breastfeeding is because when a baby gets hungry he or she are the number one priority but damn, if you are a working mom, pump your damn breast milk, there is a time and place for everything,' the tweet said. 'Showing t***y is between you, your baby and man.'

a screenshot of a cell phone: Bizarre: Someone thought a mom breastfeeding her child on the runway was 'weird'

Bizarre: Someone thought a mom breastfeeding her child on the runway was 'weird'
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

But despite the online abuse, Mara's decision to breastfeed on the runway has been met with many congratulatory comments from people who have cheered her on and praised her for helping normalize breastfeeding.

'You are such an inspiration! Wow! That's what multitasking and motherhood is all about! Totally winning at life sweetie breastfeeding at work!!!' one person wrote in an Instagram comment.

Someone else commented: 'Thank you for showing many that this is normal and not shameful to take care of your baby.' 

One person pointed out how Mara's performance on the catwalk might help other parents feel more comfortable nursing in public, writing: 'Well done to you! While sitting with a good friend of mine this weekend, she told me that she is scared to breastfeed in public because someone might come over and shout at her.' 

'You did something so fantastic for women like her! I know many people missed the point of why you did it, but they obviously have never felt the way my friend feels.'

Mara reacted in an emotional Instagram post, saying that she is grateful and humbled by the attention her walk on the runway has gathered, and highlighting the accomplishments of some of her fellow models.

Duo: Mara further opened up about the moment and how it came to be on Monday in an interview with the Today show, during which she held her sleeping daughter in her arms © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Duo: Mara further opened up about the moment and how it came to be on Monday in an interview with the Today show, during which she held her sleeping daughter in her arms

'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!' she wrote before paying tribute to several other participants, including Paralympic gold medal snowboarder Brenna Huckaby. 

The model also thanked MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition, for her support. 

Alexa Vega smiling for the camera: Ally: As it turns out, Mara benefited from the support of MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ally: As it turns out, Mara benefited from the support of MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition

'I desperately need to give the most thanks to @mj_day for this,' she added. 'She supported me in what I did last night. Without her support this wouldn’t even be discussed!!!!'   

Mara revealed the trailblazing moment was unplanned and simply occurred because her baby girl, who wore noise-canceling headphones to protect her hearing, got hungry as the show was getting delayed.  

Mara further opened up about the moment and how it came to be on Monday in an interview with the Today show. 

'She was a little hungry,' Mara, who took part in the interview while holding her sleeping daughter in her arms, said of Aria. 'It was her dinner time and the show kept getting pushed back. Honestly, I didn't even think twice about it because I do it every single day.' 

Mara, who said her daughter is 'so smiley', added: 'I could see in her smile she was so proud of me.'

The proud mother was one of 16 finalists selected from an open casting call to take part in the runway show as part of Miami Swim Week.

Prior to the show, Martin expressed her excitement on Instagram as she shared a photo of her with her smiling daughter © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prior to the show, Martin expressed her excitement on Instagram as she shared a photo of her with her smiling daughter

She grinned as she walked down the runway with her infant daughter, eliciting loud cheers from the crowd.

Prior to the show, Martin expressed her excitement on Instagram as she shared a photo of her with her smiling daughter.

a woman wearing a swimsuit: Athlete: Paralympic gold medal snowboarder Brenna Huckaby led the final walk down the runway for the 2018 swimsuit show © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Athlete: Paralympic gold medal snowboarder Brenna Huckaby led the final walk down the runway for the 2018 swimsuit show

'The face you make when your mom makes it to the final 16 of the @si_swimsuit Swim Search!!' she posted.

'I'm so so so thankful for the entire team at sports illustrated for picking me! @mj_day (and team)... you guys are THE FREAKING BEST!'

'And to EVERY girl that casted from the online submissions to the open call... you all rock. My fellow girls in the final 16... LETS DO THIS!!! Congratulations to every single one of you!!!!' 

Thousands of women had auditioned throughout the week for one of the 16 spots on the catwalk. Snowboarder Brenna led the final walk down the runway for the 2018 swimsuit show.

The 22-year-old became the first Paralympian to ever grace the pages of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue earlier this year ahead of the competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in March.

The three-time world championship gold medalist had her right leg amputated after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2010.

Related: Model walks runway while breastfeeding [Provided by Breakfast Television]

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