Martha Stewart has been chosen as one of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit cover models, the magazine announced on Monday.
The lifestyle businesswoman is the oldest swimsuit model the magazine has featured, calling the fact “historic.”
“I like that picture,” Stewart said of her cover shot as she revealed it on Monday’s “Today” show.
Stewart posed in the Dominican Republic for the shoot and appears in a total of ten looks.
“When I heard that I was going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s pretty good, I’m going to be the oldest person I think ever on a cover of Sports Illustrated,’” Stewart said, adding, “and I don’t think about age very much, but I thought that this is kind of historic.”
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In a tweet, Sports Illustrated called the cover “epic.”
“When we said this year was going to be epic, we meant it,” SI tweeted.
Stewart’s career began as a model at age 15, before she worked as a Wall Street stockbroker and later started a catering business, which grew into a lifestyle media company.
Stewart founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in the 1990s and became synonymous with cooking, entertaining and homemaking. She released cookbooks, cookware, magazines, towels and other items.
She’s hosted numerous TV shows and in recent years has had a number of ventures with rapper Snoop Dogg.
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In 2004, Stewart was convicted of lying to the government about a stock sale. She served five months in prison.
Other cover models chosen for this year’s swimsuit edition are recording artist Kim Petras, actor Megan Fox, and model Brooks Nader.
A red carpet celebrating the 2023 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue will take place Thursday in New York. The magazine hits newsstands Friday.
Stewart’s more recent modeling with social media selfies have gained praise, particularly an image she shared of herself in a pool in 2020.