I have very mixed emotions about seeing Martha Stewart, at age eighty-one, on the cover of the 2023 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. You are probably familiar with all the amazing things Martha Stewart has accomplished over her eighty-one years, including being a white-collar criminal who was jailed for five months for lying about a stock sale. Oh, and she’s also a billionaire.
I think about ageism a lot, and I personally see this as an illustration of a kind of reverse ageism. No woman is expected to look fantastic in a swimsuit at Martha’s age. Clearly a lot of work has been done to her body, (some her own efforts at Pilates, etc) but to me, this sends an inaccurate message about what we can hope to be as 80-somethings.
Maybe this is sour grapes on my part. I wonder what others think.