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Maye Musk's young model days in photos as she fronts SI 2022 Swim issue

Amber Peake May 17, 2022
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This week Elon Musk’s supermodel mother Maye Musk took to the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s 2022 swimsuit issue, with some now eager to know more about her modelling career over the years.

Musk is one of four cover stars, including Kim Kardashian, who are featured on the front of the iconic annual edition of the magazine.

As she takes to the cover, some are curious to know more about Maye Musk’s younger modelling days. Let’s take a look…

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Maye Musk takes to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover is one of the most well-known covers in the world of magazines, with the annual issue having been first founded in 1964.

On this year’s 59th edition of the swimsuit issue, Maye Musk was one of four cover stars as Kim Kardashian singer Ciara and model Yumi Nu also fronted the coveted issue.

MARCA have dubbed Musk to have been the oldest cover model to pose for the swimsuit issue.

The 74-year-old recently opened up on her cover feature to People, as she hoped it would: “make women feel more comfortable in their seventies when they swim, as well as women in their twenties and thirties.”

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A look at May Musk’s younger modelling days

Away from her 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, May Musk has been modelling since her teens.

According to Parade, she got her start in the industry at 15 years old when a friend of her mother’s offered her free classes at their modelling school.

As per The New York Times, in her early career, Musk modelled across both catalogue shoots and runway shows. She was also a finalist in the 1969 Miss South Africa beauty competition.

Musk has previously shared throwback photos of her younger modelling days on her Twitter:

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Musk on being a model in her 70s

Maye Musk’s modelling career has spanned over five decades but is seen to have taken to new heights in recent years.

In 2017, Musk became the oldest ever CoverGirl star for the well-known make-up brand at 69 years old. She has also appeared on covers and across the pages of notable publications, including Vogue and Elle.

Reflecting on her later modelling achievements to the Telegraph last year, she gushed: “You don’t expect to be so in demand in your 70s. I’d have been a crazy lady to imagine this happening to me when I was younger.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.