After J Day, the editor of the magazine, saw Martin nursing her baby, he invited her to join the catwalk, to which she eagerly accepted. Donning a gold metallic bikini while breastfeeding her child, Martin looked stunning, and the moment was captured in groundbreaking photos for the public to see the beauty of the mother-child bond.
Martin’s appearance on the runway while nursing received significant attention, and although she felt remorseful at first, she later expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to model for Sports Illustrated with her baby. She believes that breastfeeding should be normalized and that each mother should do what’s best for herself and her baby, regardless of what others may think.
Breastfeeding is natural for Martin, and she never intended to become a viral sensation. Still, now that she has, she is using her platform to encourage others to accept and normalize breastfeeding.