Sports Illustrated Held an Open Casting With a Twist and We Finally Know Why

About a week ago, the famous magazine Sports Illustrated, known for showcasing raunchy pictures of models like Kate Upton or Ashley Graham, held its annual swimsuit open casting call in Miami.

All the aspiring models got an opportunity to show off what their mamas gave them and potentially get discovered and become the magazine’s next star.

#SISwimSearch is back! The wait is finally over and our second-ever OPEN CASTING CALL is officially open. We’re looking for the next big SI Swimsuit star, and we want to hear from you! ________________ To be considered in the first round, please submit a 60-second video of yourself on Instagram, tagging @si_swimsuit and using the hashtag #SISwimSearch in the caption. In addition, please email the Instagram link to your posted video to [email protected] Your video is your opportunity to tell us why you should be a part of the SI Swimsuit family, so get creative and show us who you are! _________________ Stay tuned next week for additional details and casting opportunities. _________________ All applicants must be 18+, eligible to work in the U.S., and, if invited, able to travel to Miami at their own expense for in-person interviews in the month of July. By uploading a video, you represent you have, and grant to Sports Illustrated, the worldwide perpetual rights to use and authorize others to use the video in all media for all purposes. Please visit the link in our bio for more details and information on how to apply. _______________ Please note: YOU WILL ONLY RECEIVE MESSAGES FROM [email protected] AND THE VERIFIED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT INSTAGRAM (@SI_SWIMSUIT). ALL OTHERS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS FRAUD AND DISREGARDED.

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However, the final rounds of the casting came in with a major surprise. One of the models, Mara Martin unexpectedly hit the runway in a sparkly gold bikini while confidently breastfeeding and cradling her five months old daughter Aria in her arms.

She immediately spurred media frenzy and became the hit of the runway, marking an unforgettable moment in the history of the magazine’s castings. Mara finally got in touch with media and spoke up about the unexpected catwalk twist.

I began to feed her, like I do daily, multiple times a day, and did through out the entire casting process. Then casually, MJ (editor of the magazine) came over to me and said that if I wanted to continue feeding when it was my turn, that she would support it.

So I decided to keep feeding her. Breastfeeding is a natural thing and has become such a normal part of my daily life the past five months that I didn’t really think of anything of it when I decided to walk out.

What a truly memorable bravery. Mara not only defo made proud all the mamas out there but also completely won us over with the sweet gesture.