Media maven Martha Stewart has etched her name in history by gracing the cover of the iconic "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit" magazine at the age of 81, making her the oldest woman to ever pose for this renowned publication.
Stewart joins a select group of four extraordinary women featured in the magazine's latest issue, which includes renowned actress Meghan Fox, talented singer Kim Petras, and esteemed model Brooks Nader.
A Pioneering Achievement in the World of Fashion and Media
Embracing the challenge with unwavering determination, Stewart revealed the immense preparation that went into the shoot.
She tirelessly donned nine different swimsuits and devoted eight hours to master extreme posing techniques. Reflecting on her groundbreaking achievement, Stewart shared her initial reaction when learning about the opportunity: "When I heard that I was going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, I thought: ‘Oh, well that’s pretty good.’ I'm gonna be the oldest person, I think, ever on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
And I don’t think about age very much, but I thought that this is kind of historic and that I better look really good." Taking to Instagram, Stewart expressed her life philosophy, stating, "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? I hope this cover inspires you to challenge yourself to try new things, no matter what stage of life you are in." MJ Day, the editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, commended Stewart's indomitable spirit, remarking, "Never in her life has she let her circumstances dictate her outcome.
She’s changed with the times—always one step ahead, it seems—to build a wide-reaching business empire."
Trailblazers of a Mature Generation
Stewart's groundbreaking achievement as the oldest woman to grace the cover of "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit" magazine joins a notable lineage of remarkable women defying age norms in the world of fashion and media.
Notably, Maya Musk, mother of visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk and a model herself, previously graced the cover of a renowned magazine at the age of 74, further highlighting the growing acceptance and appreciation for older women in the industry.
Martha Stewart's foray into this historic endeavor symbolizes her resilience and ability to transcend expectations throughout her illustrious career. As a media mogul, she has consistently demonstrated her acumen and adaptability, continually staying ahead of the curve to establish an expansive business empire.