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Maye Musk becomes oldest Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model at 74

The 74-year-old is a model and dietician and is now encouraging other women to wear swimsuits and own it.

Maye Musk becomes oldest Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model at 74
Image source: Sports Illustrated Swim suit 2022

While Elon Musk is simultaneously flirting and threatening to ghost Twitter, his 74-year-old mom Maye Musk quietly made a mark for herself as the oldest model to feature on the Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit cover. Maye Musk, who is a model and dietician, made the cover of the magazine along with Kim Kardashian, singer Ciara and musician Yumi Nu. "If I thought I could be a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated, people would have locked me away as a crazy lady," said Musk in a video released by the magazine. "And now, here I am." Judi Dench at 85 became British Vogue's oldest cover star but Maye Musk is the oldest model to feature on the SI cover, reported CNN.



"I'm very excited to let people know that women in their 70s are gorgeous," she said. Maye Musk made an appearance at the Met Gala this year, accompanying her son. MJ Day, editor-in-chief of SI Swimsuit, said she was proud of the lineup of women featured on the cover of the magazine. "The journey we've been on—to break out of the mold the world put us in—may sound familiar. It's certainly familiar to the women we've chosen to be our cover models: Maye, Ciara, Yumi, Kim," said Day. “I think women of all ages . . . they’re scared of aging, and they’re scared they won’t look good in a swimsuit,” Maye told New York Post. “So now you know that I’m setting an example so women can walk freely in swimsuits and not worry about it.”


"At 74, Maye continues to work every day to inspire those around her," added Day. Musk was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize wearing a variety of swimsuits, including a Bahia Maria one-piece with 3D floral detailing, a two-toned ruffled Maygel Coronel suit, a cutout, one-shoulder silhouette with gold buttons by OYE and a Zimmermann two-piece. Maye Musk is mother to Elon Musk, Tosca Musk, a filmmaker and restaurateur Kimbal Musk.



Tosca heaped praise on her "unstoppable" mother. "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 wrote. "She is an uncontainable force, and she's the most fearless woman I've ever known." Day explained that she wanted to go beyond the stereotypical images of models. "We all deserve the chance to evolve," said Day. "So in this issue, we encourage readers to see these models as we see them: Multifaceted, multitalented—and sexy while they're at it. The world may label them one way, but we want to focus our lens on all the ways they see themselves and how they own who they are." The issue is set to hit stands on May 19.

Maye Musk was also in the news recently defending her son after a New York Times article delved into his upbringing and stated that Elon Musk grew up in elite, segregated white communities littered with anti-Black government propaganda. The article was written in the context of Musk announcing himself as a savior of free speech. The New York Times pointed out that he was pretty insulated and unaware of the kind of harmful propaganda that defined South Africa during those days. “We were really clueless as white South African teenagers. Really clueless,” said Melanie Cheary, a classmate of Musk at Bryanston High School in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, where Black people were rarely seen other than in service of white families living in palatial homes, according to the newspaper. 



Maye Musk tweeted, "In South Africa, if you publicly opposed apartheid, you went to jail. In Russia, if you publicly oppose the war, you go to jail. @nytimes are you going to blame children for decisions made by governments?" The New York Times didn't appear to be blaming children, or in this case, Elon Musk, but pointed out the irony of a person insulated from weaponized hateful language against the Black community in his country becoming a champion of absolute free speech. Musk has been criticized for claiming to be a messiah of absolute free speech. “I think that Musk’s conception of free expression is both contradictory and foolish,” said Jillian York, a free speech activist and the author of "Silicon Values: the Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism," reported The Guardian. “Absolutism on a platform like Twitter fails to take into account the very real harms that Twitter can cause as a global platform, for instance being used by malicious actors like Isis and rightwing extremists.”

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