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Martha Stewart, age 81, graces the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, breaking age barrier!

Updated: Sep 29, 2023


Martha Stewart shares a daughter Alexis Stewart with her ex-husband Andrew Stewart
Martha Stewart shares a daughter Alexis Stewart with her ex-husband Andrew Stewart l Photo by people.com

Martha Stewart, a prominent businesswoman, television personality, and author, made headlines when she became the oldest model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue at the age of 81.




Born Martha Helen Kostyra on August 3, 1941, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Stewart's career started at a young age when she worked as a babysitter for the children of Major League Baseball players, including Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, at the age of ten. Her entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic continued to thrive throughout her life, as she worked as a model, stockbroker, caterer, publisher, and media mogul, amassing a net worth of over $300 million.


Stewart's modeling career began when she was a teenager, and she used the earnings to pay for her college tuition. She appeared in numerous magazine ads and TV commercials and graced the covers of several publications, including Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue. However, her success was not limited to modeling, as she later ventured into the business world.


In the 1970s, Stewart started a catering business with her friend Norma Collier, which grew rapidly and became the foundation of her brand. She wrote more than 70 cookbooks and started Martha Stewart Living magazine in 1990, which led to a TV show of the same name that aired from 1993 to 2004. Her brand expanded to include various products, such as home decor, kitchenware, and beauty products.

Stewart's success and influence were not without controversy. In 2004, she was convicted of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and making false statements in a high-profile insider trading case. She served five months in prison and completed five months of house arrest and two years of probation.


Despite her legal troubles, Stewart continued to be a trailblazer, making history by becoming the oldest model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue at the age of 81. Her appearance on the cover was praised for celebrating aging and challenging the traditional beauty standards perpetuated in the fashion industry.

Today, Martha Stewart continues to inspire and empower women to pursue their dreams and passions, proving that age is just a number.

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By Whybkk.com Updated May 16, 2023 11.40 am TH

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