Martha Stewart Shares ‘Most Impressive’ Comments on Her 2023 SI Swim Cover

The entrepreneur, best-selling author and TV personality posed for the magazine in the Dominican Republic.
Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart.

Martha Stewart nearly broke the internet back in May when her 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue cover was revealed. Fans couldn’t stop talking about the stunning image, captured by Ruven Afanador in the Dominican Republic, in which the 82-year-old entrepreneur rocked a white one-piece swimsuit by Monday Swimwear paired with a voluminous orange cover-up by TORSO CREATIONS.

The Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia founder recently reflected on her cover girl moment with The Daily Front Row, in which she noted she was “very pleased” with the resulting photos. Stewart also commented on the reaction to her cover, which solidified her status as the magazine’s oldest cover model to date.

“The response has been just phenomenal,” Stewart told the outlet. “It’s been so nice to hear the positive responses from so many. The comments from women my age and older who felt it liberated them was most impressive to me.”

While on location in the Caribbean with the SI Swimsuit team, Stewart shared that while she doesn't often think about her age, she did acknowledge that her cover was a major moment.

“I thought, ‘This is kind of historic’ and ‘I better look really good because I want other women to feel that they could also be on the cover of Sports Illustrated,’” she said. “But I’m telling you, it’s very inspiring to take a look at a [picture by photographer] Ruven [Afanador] of Martha Stewart in the ocean here at Casa de Campo and see something really gorgeous.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.