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Maye Musk is a true representation of timeless beauty and wellness. An internationally recognized model for over 50 years, she recently made history by becoming the oldest “face of CoverGirl” at 69. Over the past decade, her work has been featured on numerous magazine covers including ELLE Quebec, Vogue Korea, and New York Magazine. The New York Magazine cover was chosen by The American Society of Magazine Editors as the “Cover of the Year 2012.” Her 2018 interview and editorial spread for the millennial website “HypeBae” featured iconic street-style brands such as Supreme and DL1961.
Musk’s career as a model began when she was 15 years old, living in South Africa, and it still thrives today. As she approached 60 she decided to cut her hair and let return to its (by then) natural grey. “Then I suddenly became this edgy white-haired model,” she found, with billboards at Times Square and Madison Square Garden. Her ever-expanding portfolio includes major luxury campaigns for Swarovski, Lord & Taylor, and Moncler, Beyonce’s 2013 music video “Haunted,” commercials, and billboards for Target and Virgin America.
As Musk modeled over five decades, she had three children, taught modeling classes, and earned her BS and MS degrees in Dietetics and her MS in Nutritional Sciences. She worked as a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and held positions with the national organizations for dietetics in South Africa, Canada, and the US. In 2006 she won the Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneur Award. Her book, “Feel Fantastic,” focuses on wellness and beauty tips she learned in the fashion industry.
Musk continues to share her knowledge of nutrition in interviews and speaking engagements across the globe. “No powders, juices, [or] supplements, no fad diets. I’m a scientist, so I follow what’s good for the body according to science. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Follow the food groups. Who wants to take a pill when you can eat yummy food?” she iterates. “If you don’t like kale—I don’t—there are many other vegetables and fruits with the same nutrients.”
At 70, whether walking the runway, modeling for a fashion magazine, or sharing her knowledge of nutrition and wellness, Maye Musk exudes a confidence and elegance that sets her apart in both fields. Musk considers herself to have only just begun, and she proves that with her ageless style and spirit. “I’ve been called “the older model” since I was 28,” she told HypeBae. “It doesn’t bother me as long as I’m still working. I don’t feel old and neither did my mom at 98.”
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her three children, Elon, Kimbal and Tosca, and her ten wonderful grandchildren. Musk is passionate about helping her community, and serves on the Los Angeles Board of The Kitchen Community (now Big Green); their Learning Gardens Project introduces children in underserved schools around the country to real food by planting vegetable gardens.