Martha Stewart, 81, Breaks Barriers As Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model

Photo edit of Martha Stewart. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of Martha Stewart. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

Martha Stewart, renowned for her culinary expertise and lifestyle empire, has etched her name in history by becoming the oldest woman ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s iconic Swimsuit issue. Defying stereotypes and proving that age is merely a number, the 81-year-old Stewart boldly posed in a swimsuit, captivating audiences with her timeless beauty.

Stewart attributes her stunning appearance to her disciplined routine, attending Pilates classes every other day and adhering to a diet free from starchy carbs like bread and pasta for several months. She also credits her mother’s “good genes” for enabling her to continue turning heads at age 81. The photoshoot took place in January 2023, offering Stewart an experience of a lifetime. She expressed heartfelt gratitude for the support and encouragement she received from the Sports Illustrated team.

Fox News reported:

“I didn’t starve myself, but I didn’t eat any bread or pasta for a couple of months,” Stewart said during the “Today” show. “I went to Pilates every other day and that was great; I’m still going to Pilates every other day ’cause it’s so great. And I just, I live a clean life anyway – good diet and good exercise and healthy skincare and all of that stuff.”

Stewart was asked to participate in the Sports Illustrated cover shoot in November 2022, and the shoot took place at the end of January 2023.

Stewart noted she got “good” genes from her mother.

“My mom was my role model,” Stewart explained. “After four kids, she was still wearing a two-piece bathing suit. And she still had two more after that, and she was still wearing a two-piece bathing suit, so that’s pretty fabulous. My genes are good.”

The businesswoman explained her life philosophy does not focus on aging but “good living” instead.

“I think all of us should think about good living, successfully living, and not aging. The whole aging thing is so boring. You know what I mean?” Stewart said. “I have a hospital called the Center for Living at Mt. Sinai. I started this hospital with Mt. Sinai and it’s all about growing old gracefully. We don’t think about aging, we think about successful living, and we try to install in people the desire to eat well, exercise well, have friends to have pets – to do all the things that make you happy as you get older. So that’s what I’m all about.”

Martha Stewart’s groundbreaking achievement as the oldest woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue is destined to be etched in history. Stewart’s appearance is a testament to her disciplined lifestyle, serving as an inspiration for everyone to prioritize health, exercise, and ambition, in the hopes of attaining a similar age-defying look at 81. With her emphasis on well-being and graceful aging, Stewart continues to inspire others to prioritize their own well-being and pursue happiness in every stage of life.

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