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Martha Stewart Hopes Her Historic ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Will Encourage Us To Be Fearless Too

Martha Stewart is on the cover of Sports Illustrated – and she’s making a little history!

The lifestyle entrepreneur is one of four women featured on the cover of the famous swimsuit issue. At 81 years old, she’s the oldest person to ever feature in the magazine!

“I like that picture,” she said, revealing the spectacular images on the Today show. “I don’t think about age very much, but I thought that this is kind of historic.”

The photos were taken in the Dominican Republic and shows Martha in various bathing suits, sarongs and accessories. (On the cover, she wears a white bathing suit by Monday swimwear and a loose orange coverup by Torso Creations.)


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On Instagram, Martha says she was “thrilled” to be part of the shoot, alongside Megan Fox, Kim Petras and Brooks Nader, and hopes it might encourage us all to be a little fearless too!

“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. Changing, evolving, and being fearless – those are all very good things, indeed.”

Martha, who rose to fame in the 80s for her cookbooks, went on to launch her own TV shows, magazine, podcast and more and has been a beloved figure in the lifestyle industry ever since. In 2000, Forbes estimated her net worth to be at $1 billion after she took her company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia public, making her the first self-made female billionaire in the United States.  Though her billionaire status has dropped, she remains one of the top-earning women in media.

(Feature Image Credit: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2023 Cover by Ruven Afanador)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.