Martha Stewart defies ageist stereotypes with historic Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

Martha Stewart makes history as oldest swimsuit cover model for Sports Illustrated. Source: Getty

There is no doubt Martha Stewart is a woman of many talents, from successful businesswoman to lifestyle guru, and shining television personality, and now the oldest woman to grace the magazine cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.

At 81 years old, Stewart has just made history as the iconic publication’s oldest cover star, stealing the title from 74-year-old model Maye Musk who appeared on the magazine’s 2022 cover.


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“My motto has always been: ‘when you’re through changing, you’re through’, so I thought, why not be up for this opportunity of a lifetime?” Stewart wrote on Instagram.

“I hope this cover inspires you to challenge yourself to try new things, no matter what stage of life you are in. Changing, evolving, and being fearless – those are all very good things, indeed.”


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Stewart, who has recently made headlines for her Instagram “thirst traps”, said she didn’t have to think twice when the offer to model for the cover was presented to her.

“I thought, ‘I can do this. I don’t have to give in to convention,'” Stewart told Sports Illustrated, adding that she wanted to use the opportunity to inspire other older women.

“Usually I’m motivated by pay. But this time I was motivated by showing people that a woman my age could still look good, feel good, be good.

“I don’t think about age very much but I thought that this is kind of historic, and I better look really good because I want other women to feel that they could also be on the cover of Sports Illustrated.”

Earlier this year, the star left the internet in a state of shock after posting a set of selfies showing off her youthful complexion.

Stewart had caught the attention of many after sharing a close-up photo of her face, claiming the shot was filter-free. The crafting queen had previously cited her glowing youthful appearance to regular doctor checkups and believes living on a farm has helped her lead a healthier lifestyle.

“I have my regular checkups; they’re on the calendar at least six months in advance. I eat extremely well,” Stewart said.

“I live on a farm, which I think is one of the healthiest lifestyles there is because when I get up in the morning, I can go outside and breathe fresh air.

“I can plant some flowers or pick some vegetables and make a green juice that is utterly delicious, which really helps with the maintenance of good skin, good hair and strong bones. It’s just important for me to look good and feel good. My career requires it.”

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