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Nicole Trunfio Defends Her Elle Australia Cover

Nicole Trunfio defends her Elle Australia cover, which is slated for the June issue of the magazine, and pictured on it is the 29-year-old supermodel breastfeeding her son, Zion. When the cover premiered, it caused quite a bit of controversy, despite the fact that it is only a subscriber’s cover.
According to E! Online, Trunfio spoke to her critics  on Good Morning America: “I didn’t think it was going to be such a big deal. There is nothing worse than, as a mother, doing something that’s so necessary like feeding your child and feeling like somebody could have an opinion about it or somebody’s looking at you the wrong way… It’s a huge part of being a woman and motherhood.”
Trunfio joins a growing list of women who are choosing to protest the idea that breasts should only be shown in a sexual context. In 2014, there were a slew of college students and mothers protesting for the right to breastfeed in public in the hopes of getting rid of the stigma surrounding not only the act of breastfeeding, but the idea of breastfeeding being improper.
In 2012, mom Jamie Lynne Grumet was on the cover of TIME magazine with her three-year-old son at the helm of the magazine’s issue on attachment parenting. The issue discusses breastfeeding children up into their toddler years, and Jamie and TIME received just as much flak for their cover.
Farrah L. Miller of the Huffington Post wrote an article about the cover, saying this: “The usual questions that come up when mothers are called out for breastfeeding in public include: is breast-feeding indecent? Or natural? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all mothers breastfeed for four-years or longer if the mother so chooses, so how can we shame women who were just following the advice of the country’s foremost medical establishment?”
Regardless of where people stand on the issue, women should have an assumed right to their own bodies. The only person who should decide what to do with their bodies should be the person who inhabits the body. Trunfio and Grumet defended hers. They are standing up for something they strongly believe in, and isn’t that something we all should do?
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Photo courtesy of Huffington Post Canada 

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