It was recently revealed that Elon Musk’s mom, Maye Musk, will be one of the newest faces to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2022.
The 74-year-old longtime model, dietician-nutritionist, and author made history as the magazine’s oldest cover model.
She had the opportunity to grace the cover of the world-famous swimsuit magazine with singer Ciara, model Yumi Nu, and businesswoman Kim Kardashian.
The American sports magazine recently posted Musk’s cover on Instagram along with a caption describing her as a “legend in the modeling industry for more than five decades.”
It went on to say that the model “embodies the idea that aging shouldn’t hold you back from pursing your dreams.”
In an interview with People, Must opened up about her excitement and what it means to make history.
“My first reaction was, I could never dream up something like that because why would anyone have a 74-year-old on their cover, especially in a swimsuit,” she joked.
“I do think it’s going to make women feel more comfortable in their seventies when they swim, as well as women in their twenties and thirties.”
“When women go to the beach, we’re kind of shy about our bodies, but men will walk around, looking terrible, and they don’t care,” she continued. “I think we have to not care that much!”
Musk also talked about her body image and aging in her 2019 memoir, titled: A Woman Makes A Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success.
“I went through different stages of my life where I was rejected, insulted, disappointed and it just takes away your confidence.
“Then you just have to get over it. So here, I’m 74, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and I don’t care, and nobody’s insulting me because — you don’t want to insult a grandmother. The point is, people are really good to me at this stage, but why should it take so long?”
Also within the same issue is an essay written by Musk’s 47-year-old daughter, Tosca, titled: The Unstoppable Force, a tribute to her mom.
“My whole life, I’ve seen my mom do everything. As a result, I think I’ll always expect her to be able to do everything,” Tosca shared. “Sometimes I wonder whether it’s time I start limiting those expectations, as she gets older. But then I look at her again, still unstoppable, and I think, not yet.”
Tosca spotlighted a few of her mom’s achievements, writing: “My mom is 74 now. In her years on this planet she’s earned two master’s degrees in nutrition science, won awards in the dietetics field, has been in countless fashion shows and editorials, and she’s even appeared in a Beyoncé video. She is an uncontainable force, and she’s the most fearless woman I’ve ever known.”
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- “Elon Musk’s mom, 74, becomes Sports Illustrated cover star” Vt. Asiya Ali. May 17, 2022.
- “Maye Musk Calls Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover at 74 Something ‘I Could Never Dream Up'” People. Brittany Talarico. May 24, 2022.