Martha Stewart, the iconic 81-year-old television personality and cook, has made history by becoming the oldest Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model. In this year’s edition, which aims to celebrate powerful women who live without limitations, both internally and externally, Stewart is featured alongside three other cover models: actor Megan Fox, model Brooks Nader, and musician Kim Petras.
Upon learning the news, Stewart expressed her excitement during an interview, stating, “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.”
Photographed in the stunning landscapes of the Dominican Republic by Ruven Afanador, Stewart’s cover shoot has made her the oldest woman to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, surpassing the record previously held by Maye Musk, model and mother of Elon Musk, who posed at the age of 74 in 2022.
When asked about her longtime friend and collaborator Snoop Dogg’s thoughts on her cover, Stewart playfully responded, “Snoop is going to just think that it is fantastic.” Her humorous comment reflects the support and admiration she receives from her peers.
Taking to Instagram, Stewart shared her thoughts on the opportunity, writing,
“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.”
Known as the “OG of influencers” by Sports Illustrated, Stewart first gained fame in the 1980s through her cookbooks and television appearances, building upon her successful career as a chef. Since then, she has authored an impressive 99 books, hosted numerous cooking shows, launched her lifestyle magazine, and released her own lines of clothing, cooking, and home products. Her ability to adapt to the ever-changing times has allowed her to establish a wide-reaching business empire.
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Martha Stewart’s remarkable journey and her unwavering commitment to succeed despite her circumstances have impressed MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s editor-in-chief. “Never in her life has she let her circumstances dictate her outcome,” Day remarked. “She’s changed with the times – always one step ahead, it seems – to build a wide-reaching business empire.”
Joining Stewart on the cover is Kim Petras, a musician who becomes only the second Trans woman to grace the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, following model Leyna Bloom’s breakthrough in 2021 as the first Trans person of color to appear in the publication. Petras, in a video discussing her cover shoot, emphasized the importance of embracing life regardless of gender or sexuality, stating,
“No matter what your gender or sexuality or any of that stuff is, it’s about what you make of life. It’s about what’s inside of you.”
In a groundbreaking edition that celebrates diversity, strength, and the determination to push boundaries, Martha Stewart and her fellow cover models have inspired millions with their remarkable achievements and unyielding spirit.