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Martha Stewart wore 9 different bathing suits for her 8-hour Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover shoot

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is the oldest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover star.Denis Contreras/Getty Images for SOBEWFF®
  • Martha Stewart, 81, is the oldest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover star.

  • Stewart revealed she wore nine different swimsuits during the eight-hour photo shoot.

  • She went to Pilates three times a week and got her first-ever spray tan for the shoot.

At the age of 81, Martha Stewart has become the oldest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover star.

The lifestyle icon graces one of four covers of the issue, which hits newsstands on May 18.

Stewart talked about her experience with The New York Times, revealing she had to wear nine different one-piece bathing suits during the eight-hour photo shoot.

"All these people were prodding me and talking about 'the girls,'" Stewart said. "I have never called my breasts 'the girls' in my life. I hate stuff like that."

She added: "The whole time, these people were nudging, 'Poke this out, push that in a little bit.' I had to put up with that for eight hours. Still, we were shooting in the Dominican Republic and I had a really good time."

Martha Stewart on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Stewart's cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands on May 18.Ruven Afanador/Sports Illustrated

Stewart said she got her first-ever spray tan and went to Pilates three times a week to prepare for the shoot.

"I had two months, basically, to make sure I felt good enough about the way I look," she told The Times.

"I had to make sure I was ready to pose in a bathing suit. It took a bit of vanity but also a bit of confidence," she added. "I thought, 'If I'm feeling good enough physically and mentally to do such a thing, I'm up for it.'"

But when the offer to appear on the cover came, Stewart — who's become beloved for her Instagram "thirst traps" — said she didn't hesitate.

"I thought, 'I can do this. I don't have to give in to convention,'" she recalled.

Stewart told Sports Illustrated that she wanted to inspire other women with her Swimsuit Issue cover.

"Usually I'm motivated by pay. But this time I was motivated by showing people that a woman my age could still look good, feel good, be good," she said.

"I don't think about age very much but I thought that 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."

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