She made home-keeping chic in the 1980s when she came out with her how-to books on decorating and cooking.
That blossomed into a home décor empire that saw her china and bedding.
Next she became a TV star and red carpet fixture.
She had a bump in the road that landed her in jail for a while.
These days she is doing better than ever as she hangs out with the Kardashians and rappers – and she has even posted for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
The star just turned 82-years-old this week and was given many gushing tributes from fans like Drake.
Before she became famous this blonde was a brunette model.
Can you guess who she is?
Who am I? She made home-keeping chic in the 1980s when she came out with her how-to books on decorating and cooking. But before that she was a model. Who is she?
She is Martha Stewart, an 82-year-old New Jersey native.
The blonde beauty – who used to be brunette in her modeling days – was born Martha Helen Stewart in Jersey City.
Martha is an American retail businesswoman, writer, and television personality.
Stewart is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which looks at home and hospitality.
After graduating college she got married and then in 1976, Stewart started a catering business in her basement with a friend from her modeling days, Norma Collier.
Next came the cook books which also took off.
In 1990, Stewart signed with Time Publishing Ventures to develop a new magazine, Martha Stewart Living, for which Stewart would serve as editor-in-chief.
In 1993, Stewart began a weekly half-hour television program, also called Martha Stewart Living, based on her magazine.
It was a bonanza.
She hit a big legal mountain in 2003 for insider trading.
Stewart was found guilty in March 2004 of felony charges of conspiracy to obstruct, of obstruction of an agency proceeding, and of making false statements to federal investigators.
The star was sentenced in July 2004 to serve a five-month term in a federal correctional facility.
Surprise! She is Martha Stewart, an 82-year-old New Jersey native. The blonde beauty – who used to be brunette in her modeling days – was born Martha Helen Stewart in Jersey City. Seen in May
After that she turned her image around when she got back to work.
Following her release from prison in March 2005, Stewart launched a highly publicized return.
And she went back to Martha Stewart Living.
Offerings of her company’s Martha Stewart Everyday line at Kmart were expanded to include a new line of ready-made home furnishings.
Stewart returned to daytime television with The Martha Stewart Show and appeared in an adapted version of The Apprentice (called The Apprentice: Martha Stewart).
Both shows premiered in September 2005.
In October 2005, Stewart released a new book, titled The Martha Rules, on starting and managing a new business.
And she popped up on NBC’s Today show.
In July 2006, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced a multi-year agreement with FLOR, Inc.
In 2010, Hallmark Channel and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced a multi-year strategic partnership.
Her hour-long daytime television series Martha, formerly The Martha Stewart Show, moved to the Hallmark Channel on September 13, 2010.
In the fall of 2016, VH1 premiered a new show featuring Stewart and her friend Snoop Dogg called Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.
Hot stuff: In May she had a high in her career when she posed for SI. She said she was ‘sworn to secrecy’ over her Sports Illustrated cover shoot
In May she had a high in her career when she posed for SI.
She said she was ‘sworn to secrecy’ over her Sports Illustrated cover shoot.
The businesswoman – who has 57-year-old daughter Alexis with ex-husband Andrew – became the oldest person in history to feature on the cover of the iconic magazine’s annual swimsuit and explained she had to keep quiet about the shoot so ended up roping her daughter to help her try on various bikinis.
She told ExtraTV: ‘We were sworn to secrecy, so I couldn’t really talk about it to anybody. I asked my daughter Alexis. She said, ‘Cool, cool,’ and she gave me some of her old bathing suits to try on, so that was good.’
Still partying: Seen at the reopening of The Landmark at Tiffany & Co 5th Avenue in April 2023 in New York City
The TV star went on reflect that becoming the oldest person to grace the cover means she has been able to ‘break barriers’ and wants to encourage other women to reconsider life in the hope that it will help them believe that they can ‘look good’ whatever their age.
She added: ‘It is breaking barriers and also encouraging other women to just rethink what they’re doing. I think that is really going to help a lot, and it’s also: you can look good at any age, you can feel good at any age, you should live well at any age. I think about living successfully, not aging well.’
Martha also explained that she cut carbs in order to prepare for the shoot and ended up getting ‘sort of addicted’ to Pilates and is also a keen hiker as she strives for fitness.
She added: ‘Did my Pilates this morning. I do it three days a week… I got sort of addicted to it. I Iike it a lot, but I also have to do my horseback riding and the other nice things… hiking.’
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