BIG NEWS!

By Kelsey Hendrix
November 30, 2018

From breastfeeding on the SI Swimsuit x Paraiso runway to now writing her first book, this has been a seriously EPIC year for #SISwimSearch contestant Mara Martin

The mother of one took to Instagram yesterday to announce that she's in the process of finishing her first book about, you guessed it, motherhood! 

"I feel like this picture is one you see above an authors name," Mara captioned Instagram announcement. "You know when you open a book and the insert has a little description about the author? Yes that one. So what’s been going on the past fourth months you ask? Well as I write this, I am proofreading a draft for my first book that’s in the works!

"Thank you @janklownesbit for taking a chance on me," she continued. "I will not let you down! I can’t say too much about the book yet, but I will give you a hint; it’s for all of you mothers out there! It has been a lot of work, more than I imagined, but worth it. I know that it’s just the beginning of the process but I’m thrilled to begin the journey of another life long dream of mine! #authorinthemaking #dreambig #momlife #theresmore #staytuned #comingtolibrariesnearyou #momclub".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I feel like this picture is one you see above an authors name . You know when you open a book and the insert has a little description about the author? Yes that one. So what’s been going on the past fourth months you ask? Well as I write this, I am proofreading a draft for my first book that’s in the works! Thank you @janklownesbit for taking a chance on me. I will not let you down! I can’t say too much about the book yet, but I will give you a hint; it’s for all of you mothers out there! It has been a lot of work, more than I imagined, but worth it. I know that it’s just the beginning of the process but I’m thrilled to begin the journey of another life long dream of mine! #authorinthemaking #dreambig #momlife #theresmore #staytuned #comingtolibrariesnearyou #momclub

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Mara captured the attention of the world back in July, after walking the runway at Swim Week in Miami — while simultaneously breastfeeding her daughter, Aria. 

"It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least," Mara said after her catwalk moment went viral. "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! But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wow! WHAT A NIGHT! Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit. Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. 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! But to be honest, the real reason I can’t believe it is a headline is because it shouldn’t be a headline!!! My story of being a mother and feeding her while walking is just that. Last night there are far more deserving headlines that our world should see. One woman is going to boot camp in two weeks to serve our country (@shauntness), one woman had a double mastectomy (@allynrose), and another is a cancer survivor, 2x paralympic gold medalist, as well as a mother herself (@bren_hucks you rock) Those are the stories that our world should be discussing!!!! Just thinking about all that was represented there... I desperately need to give the most thanks to @mj_day for this. She supported me in what I did last night. Without her support this wouldn’t even be discussed!!!! She and the entire Sports Illustrated family are the most amazing and incredible team to have worked with. THANK YOU for letting all 16 of us be our true selves, strong beautiful women!!! Because of you, my daughter is going to grow up in a better world, where she will always feel this way!!!!!! Lastly, to every single woman that rocked that runway with me. Be proud. I know I am of you! You all have inspired me in ways unimaginable. I love you all!!! #siswimsearch

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SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day revealed that the decision to send Mara down the runway while breastfeeding wasn't one that was planned out in advance. 

"It was very spontaneous," MJ explained. "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 said absolutely! I loved the idea to be able to allow Mara to keep nursing and further highlight how incredible and beautiful women are. For me, I nursed two babies myself, so I find it to be one of the most powerful things the female body can do. It was the easiest decision I have had to make in months."

Congratulations to Mara for proving once again that as a woman, mother, model and now-author, she literally can do it all! We can't wait to get our hands on a copy of this soon-to-be must-read! 

BONUS: Meet the #SISwimSearch Sweet 16!

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