MAYE THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Style -

Maye Musk, CoverGirl model, di­eti­cian, and mother of Tesla founder Elon Musk, chats with Es­ther Wo­j­ci­cki, mother of Youtube CEO Su­san Wo­j­ci­cki, about life in their 70s, rais­ing trail­blaz­ing chil­dren, and mov­ing to Mars. Es­ther Wo­j­ci­cki: I must con­grat­u­late you on your 70th birth­day. How are you feel­ing about the mile­stone? Maye Musk: I had been look­ing for­ward to it be­cause I feel like things are go­ing to take off in my 70s. How old are you? EW: I’m 72. MM: I’m younger than you. EW: Yes, so much younger. Your modelling ca­reer is amaz­ing. MM: It is amaz­ing! I was al­ways just a model with three kids. No­body knew who I was, but it didn’t mat­ter. Now I’m an in­flu­encer, so I get to do in­ter­views and use them as a plat­form to talk about nu­tri­tion and go on glam­orous fash­ion shoots like this one for Harper’s BAZAAR. It’s be­yond! EW: That makes me feel very good, too. Any tips for aspir­ing mod­els of any age? MM: I’ve al­ways had my own busi­ness as a di­eti­cian, so I eat well. You must main­tain a steady weight, es­pe­cially at our age, as the choles­terol starts to shoot up. EW: What about your beauty rou­tine? How do you al­ways look so good? Maybe you can help me. MM: I eat well to keep my skin look­ing good, and I stay out of the sun. I put on SPF if I’m go­ing out­side, even with a hat on. I al­ways have a mois­turiser on my face and lip balm be­cause my lips get dry. EW: Your style is im­pec­ca­ble; I no­ticed that when I first met you. Where did you get your fash­ion sense? MM: I moved from South Africa where I grew up to Toronto about 28 years ago. I was liv­ing in a rent-con­trolled apart­ment with my three teenagers when I met my best friend, Ju­lia Perry, who hap­pens to be a stylist. At the time I thought

I had good taste. But one day she said, “You need to start dress­ing bet­ter,” and threw ev­ery­thing in my wardrobe ex­cept for six out­fits. I could only af­ford to buy one new suit, two shirts, a pair of shoes, and a bag. I wore that ev­ery day un­til I could af­ford more. EW: Like me, you have three amaz­ing, wildly suc­cess­ful chil­dren. Can you de­scribe your re­la­tion­ship? MM: We laugh a lot and we get to­gether of­ten. EW: Be­ing a mother is tough, and you were a sin­gle mum. How did you bal­ance your ca­reer and main­tain a sense of self? MM: I keep in good health. And I’m op­ti­mistic, but even with all my op­ti­mism I would have never said to my­self, “When I get to 70, I’m re­ally go­ing to take off.” I would have sounded like a crazy lady. EW: We are good role mod­els—liv­ing proof that you can con­tinue to do all sorts of ex­cit­ing things af­ter 70. Speak­ing of ex­cit­ing, your son Elon [who is also the founder and CEO of SpaceX] had an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence ear­lier this year with his rocket test launch, and now he’s plan­ning a flight to Mars. Do you want to be on­board the space­ship? MM: I don’t know if I want to spend three months in a rocket. In the be­gin­ning, it will just be en­gi­neers, who will go first to set up a city. As a nu­tri­tion­ist, I could prob­a­bly help by send­ing food. It would have to be com­pacted. EW: Any hob­bies? MM: I spend a lot of time on In­sta­gram. I love spend­ing time with my 10 grand­kids and hear­ing about what they’re do­ing; they’re so ex­cited. EW: You were named the face of CoverGirl at 69, and it was de­scribed as a his­to­ry­mak­ing mo­ment. Is that your great­est achieve­ment? MM: My three kids are my great­est achieve­ment. I never dreamed of be­ing a CoverGirl, but here I am! It’s so amaz­ing. The re­sponse has been pos­i­tive. Peo­ple post #Goals and #GOAT. Do you know what GOAT means? EW: No, what does it mean? MM: Great­est of All Time. EW: That’s so won­der­ful. It re­ally reaf­firms the im­por­tance of ap­pre­ci­at­ing and en­cour­ag­ing women of all ages. MM: An­other hash­tag they write is #OG. I had to ask my grand­daugh­ter what it means; it’s Orig­i­nal Gang­ster. I laughed so much. EW: Oh, my God, I love this. OG. For me, and I think it’s the same for you, be­ing op­ti­mistic, al­ways look­ing out in­stead of in, and try­ing to im­prove the world in some way are the keys to suc­cess and change, and some­thing we’ve passed on to our chil­dren. I’ve been try­ing to do that in ed­u­ca­tion for decades. You’ve been try­ing to do that with nu­tri­tion for­ever. My daugh­ter Su­san is try­ing to im­prove the world with YouTube. And Elon is do­ing it with the elec­tric car in­dus­try. Ev­ery time I get into my Tesla I think of Elon.

“I don’t know if I want to spend three months on a rocket. As a nu­tri­tion­ist, I could prob­a­bly help by send­ing food.” – Maye Musk

Maye Musk in a red one-shoul­der dress from Stella McCart­ney and steely Tif­fany & Co. ear­rings

Musk, a model mum in an el­e­gant Carolina Her­rera dress, David Yur­man ear­rings, and Manolo Blah­nik san­dals

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