Days after gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition 2023, Martha Stewart responds to speculation on her cosmetic history. Stewart, 81, is the oldest model to ever appear in the iconic swimsuit edition, and she looked, frankly, incredible. She tells Variety that yes, she’s seen the comments saying she’s airbrushed or must have had cosmetic surgery to look this good.
“Well, it’s not true,” Stewart says. “I’ve had absolutely no plastic surgery whatsoever.”
In reality, it takes a lot of work to look this good.
“I have very healthy, good hair,” Stewart explains. “I drink green juice every day. I take my vitamins. I eat very healthfully. I have very good skin doctors. I’m very careful in the sun. I wear hats and I wear sunblock every single day.”
Additionally, she says that she’s seen claims that the final shots are over-edited to make her skin look better.
“But they’re not,” Stewart says. “They are incredibly accurate pictures. I was really pleased that there was not much airbrushing.”
So, how did she manage to look that glowy?
“I had my regular facials, but maybe more frequently and I also got a spray tan,” Stewart explains. According to Variety, she also upped her Pilates to three times a week, watched what she ate, and stopped drinking alcohol in preparation for the shoot. “And I’m not a hairy person, but I got a complete body wax.”
When it comes to looking ageless, Stewart says there are some fillers she’s used occasionally for a few wrinkles, but she’s reserved.
“Every now and then there are certain fillers that I can do for a little line here or there, but I hate Botox,” Stewart explains. “It’s a weird thing for me. I really and truly don’t do a lot.”
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Stewart does say that the reaction to her cover has been overwhelmingly positive, and that she sees this as a moment for people to see age in a more positive light.
“People are now reimagining their future,” Stewart says. “And that’s what it’s all about. You can call upon the past, but reimagining the future for yourself, for your family, for anybody is a very good thing right now, because of the chaos this word is in.”