Martha Stewart Covers “Sports Illustrated”: 81-Year-Old Is Magazine’s Oldest Swimsuit Model

“SI” also tapped Megan Fox, Kim Petras, and Brooks Nader to model for their 2023 swimsuit issue.

BYHayley Hynes
Martha Stewart Covers “Sports Illustrated”: 81-Year-Old Is Magazine’s Oldest Swimsuit Model

In 2022, Elon Musk's mother, Maye Musk, shocked the world by appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue at 74 years old. If that was too much for you to handle, you'll be displeased to know that the publication has broken that record again in 2023, this time inviting 81-year-old Martha Stewart to pose as one of their front-page stars. The blonde beauty had only a few months to prepare for the shoot, but according to a post on her Instagram page, she agreed because "Trying new things is very good. Being fearless is very good. [You shouldn't] be afraid of anything."

If she was feeling any anxiety, it certainly isn't evident in the photos of Stewart we're seeing today. While sporting various bathing suits and fabulous accessories, the cookbook author poses both on land and in the water, having the time of her life while splashing around in the clear blue water. Editor-in-Chief MJ Day had plenty of praise to give the culinary icon, noting, "Never in her life has [Martha] let her circumstances dictate her outcome."

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Martha Stewart Sets Sports Illustrated Record

"She's changed with the times – always one step ahead, it seems – to build a wide-reaching business empire," Day further complimented Stewart. Aside from currently hosting three food programs on Roku, the New Jersey native also opened her first restaurant, The Bedford by Martha Stewart, at Paris Las Vegas last year. Her achievements additionally include authoring 99 books and reaching an estimated 100 million fans per month through various media outlets.

Aside from Stewart, a handful of other Hollywood hotties were a part of the prestigious magazine cover too. Among them are Megan Fox, who celebrates her 37th birthday tomorrow (May 16), and transgender German popstar Kim Petras, who recently collaborated with Nicki Minaj on yet another hit single for the Queen of Rap, "Alone." See photos of all the 2023 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition models here, and tap back in with HNHH later for more pop culture news updates.

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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.