Martha Stewart has the whole world crushing
Martha Stewart is everyone's new favorite heartthrob.
After landing the cover of the highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Stewart, 81, has had everyone buzzing.
Once the photo shoot — which saw the culinary icon posing in the Dominican Republic in a variety of swimsuits — went live on Monday, the comments started. And they still haven't stopped. Celebrities and fans alike are gushing over Stewart's glamour and modeling skills.
Ellen Pompeo left a comment on Stewart's Instagram, writing, "Congratulations Queen @marthastewart You continue to school us all in what it means …and what it takes to be extraordinary ❤️." Jennifer Garner added, "@marthastewart48 !!! You are amazing! 🙌."
Models Ashley Graham and Lily Aldridge commented, "Marthaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!" and "❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️" respectively, and SI Swimsuit alum Maye Musk, who is 75, left two notes: "Fabulous! 👏👏 Good choice @mj_day 💞💞💞" and "😍😍."
Even companies voiced their love for the viral moment. Etsy's social media page wrote, "Icon is an understatement 🔥Honored to have you as our Collections Curator of the Year!" on a post. Mercedes-Benz simply called her an "Icon," and QVC shared its love for Stewart, writing, "YOU LOOK AMAZING MARTHA! Proving that you can be fabulous and stunning at any age!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥."
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In her exclusive interview for the magazine launch, Stewart told PEOPLE that this moment is "important" to her. "It's important to stand up to challenges, whether they're beauty challenges or intellectual challenges, even philanthropic challenges," she shared. "To be able to stand up and do it — to me — is so fun! And this is accomplishing something that not everybody would accomplish."
"Our goal with the 2023 issue is to continue to evoke captivating and thought-provoking conversations," shared MJ Day, SI Swimsuit editor-in-chief, adding that Stewart is a "legend."
"While the industry wavers on its arbitrary notion of beauty, our issue has stayed the course, showcasing the women of today, the women shaping the future. This year, we're featuring an extremely diverse group of women, starting with our cover models, who are collectively the most unapologetic women from different walks of life who continue to forge their own paths on their own terms."
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