Nicole Trunfino, Elle Australia

Elle Australia

Nicole Trunfio is speaking out in defense of her breastfeeding Elle Australia cover.

For the June issue of the fashion mag, the 29-year-old supermodel recently posed with one breast out while feeding her infant son Zion. Needless to say, the gorgeous image of the intimate mother-son moment stirred up some controversy following the mag's release.

On Tuesday morning's episode of Good Morning America, Trunfio spoke out in support of the breastfeeding photo. "I didn't think it was going to be such a big deal. There's 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," she said. "I think it should be something that isn't a [subscriber's cover], it's a huge part of being a woman and motherhood."

Trunfio says the breastfeeding shot wasn't planned or contrived.

"He was with me on set all day and there were periods I'd take off to feed him and I had on this beautiful outfit and the stylist was like, ‘Wow, that looks amazing, let's move you on set to have this picture taken.' Not that it was going to become a part of the shoot," Trunfio explained.

Last week, Trunfio shared the cover image on social media in an effort to normalize the image of mothers breastfeeding their children. "There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood. The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us #normalizebreastfeeding there is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public," she wrote.

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