Martha Stewart is making history as a cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The TV personality, 81, is one of four stars to grace one of the 2023 covers of the annual edition, along with actress Megan Fox, pop singer Kim Petras and model Brooks Nader.

Martha Stewart attends the “About My Father” premiere at the SVA Theater on May 9 in New York. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Stewart is the oldest person to cover the Swimsuit Issue. Maye Musk, who is now 75, set the previous mark last year.

“To be on the cover at my age was a challenge, and I think I met the challenge,” Stewart said Monday on NBC’s “Today” show.

“For me, it is a testament to good living. I think that all of us should think about good living, successful living, and not about aging. The whole aging thing is so boring.”

The Jersey City-born Stewart says modeling helped put her through college. Sports Illustrated reached out to her about the cover opportunity in November and asked her to be ready by late January, she told NBC.


“When you’re through changing, you’re through,” Stewart said. “That’s one of my mottoes. … Change is very good. Evolution is very good. Trying new things, being fearless, is very good.”

Fox, 36, rose to fame in 2007′s “Transformers” and has also starred in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “New Girl.” In February, Petras, 30, became the first transgender woman to win a Grammy for best pop duo for “Unholy,” her hit collaboration with Sam Smith.

“The Grammy-winning pop star, a beacon of inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community, has blazed her own path to superstardom, but it has been anything but a straight line,” said MJ Day, the editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Nader, 25, has appeared in the Swimsuit Issue every year since 2019, when she won the magazine’s Swim Search open casting call competition.

The 2023 issue comes out Thursday.

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