The cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is fairly standard for the magazine’s annual feature. It shows a striking woman standing in a fierce pose in a glamorous tropical setting. The only difference: This model happens to be 74 years old.
“If I thought I could be a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated, people would have locked me away as a crazy lady,” Maye Musk, the model in question, says in a video released by the magazine. “And now, here I am.”
Musk is one of four faces to earn a coveted spot on the magazine cover, alongside entrepreneur and influencer Kim Kardashian, singer Ciara, and musician and rising model Yumi Nu.
While Musk isn’t as well known as Kardashian, she is used to being in the spotlight. Back in 1969, she was a finalist in the Miss South Africa beauty competition, which helped kick-start a modeling career that has spanned over 50 years and includes features in Vogue, a Revlon ad and even a role in a Beyoncé video. Musk is also a registered dietitian and mother of three to daughter Tosca and sons Kimbal and Elon (yes, that Elon Musk).
Between raising kids, working five jobs and earning two master’s degrees, Musk kept modeling. While most models hang up their heels by their mid-20s, Musk became CoverGirl’s oldest spokesmodel at age 69 and now, at 74, the oldest model ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.