Sarah Landry Embraces Her Postpartum Body on Sports Illustrated Runway

“Most of my adult life has been postpartum…I wrote myself off for a lot of things the moment I saw my body change…We can’t fix the society we grew up in but we can do our best to show up now,” The Birds Papaya creator wrote in an empowering message to moms.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published June 6, 2024
Sarah Landry walks the runway at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Show during Miami Swim Week 2024 at W South Beach on June 01, 2024 in Miami Beach, Florida
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It’s no surprise that postpartum bodies feel different. After the miraculous and intense journey of carrying your little one for 9 months and bringing them into the world, it can feel strange and scary to embrace your new form, especially when society isn’t always so kind. But between damaging messages to bounce back, shed the baby weight and cover-up, an unapologetic celebration of postpartum bodies is happening of all places on the Sports Illustrated(SI) swimsuit runway.

Known for its flashy swimsuit issue, which first made its iconic debut in 1964, the brand has made it its business popularizing picture-perfect swimsuit images of the biggest names, from Tyra Banks to Heidi Klum. But as the brand enters a new era, it’s increasingly celebrating all bodies.

Most recently SI partnered with @thebirdspapaya creator and momfluencer Sarah Landry to walk in the brand’s runway show during PARAISO Miami Swim Week. Landry proudly took to the stage in a checkered pink bikini as part of her new partnership with Knix. “Can I tell you when I dropped the sarong, it was the wildest moment (you can hear it in the first video). Cheers erupted,” Landry said describing the experience. “Do you know how freaking healing that was? To have cheers for the part of me I spent the largest part of my life hating on? While on THAT stage? Cheers. It was so magical I’m so glad there’s video of it.” Sounds to us like the celebration all postpartum bodies should get!

Image: John Parra/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated

In a post showing her runway debut to her daughter just days later, Landry shared an empowering message for moms. “Most of my adult life has been postpartum. Pregnant with my first at 20, I wrote myself off for a lot of things the moment I saw my body change. Because all I felt was shame. And told by society that I should be,” she wrote. “We can’t fix the society we grew up in. We can’t fix the wounds of the magazines and the comments and the constant feeling that we just aren’t ever enough. But we can do our best to show up now.”

The mom of three continued with hope for the future talking about how while her big runway debut may just be a drop in the water, the ripple effects can reach far beyond to the next generation. “For anyone who’s gone through body change, I hope this inspires you to keep showing up. I’m so glad I started to. For myself. For my kids. For every single drop that creates a ripple.”

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