Martha Stewart Says Fans Still Can’t Get Enough of Her SI Swimsuit Cover One Year Later

The lifestyle guru returned to the fold in the 60th anniversary issue as a brand legend.
Martha Stewart was photographed by Yu Tsai in Hollywood, Fla.
Martha Stewart was photographed by Yu Tsai in Hollywood, Fla. / Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

When Martha Stewart landed the cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue last year, the momentous occasion nearly broke the internet. And, a year later, fans still can’t get enough of the 82-year-old’s swimsuit-clad photo shoot from the Dominican Republic.

In fact, on the red carpet celebrating the magazine’s 60th anniversary last Thursday, May 16, the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia founder told us that she’s still getting requests to autograph her cover on a regular basis.

“Every week, I get Sports Illustrated [Swimsuit] covers to sign from fans,” Stewart stated with a laugh. “Every week, many of them.”

Stewart traveled to the Caribbean nation for last year’s SI Swimsuit Issue, where she was photographed by Ruven Afanador. In the snapshot that ended up landing on the cover, Stewart donned a white one-piece swimsuit by Monday Swimwear and a voluminous orange cover-up by TORSO CREATIONS.

This year, the mother and grandmother returned to the fold as a brand legend. She participated in a group photo shoot in Hollywood, Fla., alongside 26 fellow iconic women, including Tyra Banks, Leyna Bloom, Maye Musk and Lily Aldridge.

The feature resulted in Stewart’s second consecutive SI Swimsuit cover. And as for what it means to be a legend, Stewart’s own definition of what it means to be an icon one she embodies on the daily.

“I guess you’ve reached a certain point in your life where people admire what you’ve done and you can encourage them to learn more,” she said of what it means to be an icon. “And that’s what it’s about. You can’t take it too seriously.”

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.