As the mother of the world’s richest man, Maye Musk’s popularity pales in comparison to that of her son, Elon Musk. Maye’s name is recognizable, however, not only because of Elon. She is an idol in her own right, contrary to what some may believe because she is an established dietitian and model with a long track record.
Maye Musk’s Net Worth
Maye has worked as a model and registered dietitian for the past 50 years. She has been featured in Women’s Day, Vogue, and Time, among others. She also appeared in numerous advertising campaigns. Maye was a finalist in the 1969 Miss South Africa competition. Maye Musk has an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2022.
Prior to becoming a Musk, she was known as Maye Haldeman. On April 19, 1948, she was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was one of five children and one of two identical twins.
In 1952, her mother, Winnifred Josephine “Wyn” (Fletcher), and her father, Dr. Joshua Norman Haldeman, flew their family around the world in a propeller-driven aircraft.
In search of the mythical Lost City of the Kalahari, they spent over a decade wandering the Kalahari desert. Their parents presented slide shows and led discussions about their excursions.
Maye Musk Modeling Career
Maye participated in the Miss South Africa competition in 1969 and ended up as a finalist. She would later pursue modeling in Canada and the United States.
She has appeared on Special K cereal boxes, in a video with Beyoncé, and in commercials for Revlon, Virgin America, and Target. In 2011, she posed naked for Time magazine and with a fake baby bump for New York magazine. In 2012, Maye was featured in Elle Canada.
Unfortunately, her runway modeling career ended at the age of 18, only to be revived at the age of 60. In September 2017, at age 69, she became CoverGirl’s oldest spokesperson.
Maye married Errol Musk, a South African engineer she met in high school when she was 22 years old. They had three children together, namely Elon, Kimbal, and Tosca.
In 1979, they disbanded. Errol was both mentally and physically violent. Maye filed for divorce because he abused her and caused her to lose contact with her family.
Maye had taken the children to Canada by 1989. However, balancing motherhood and employment proved challenging. She consequently gave the children complete autonomy over their lives.
At age 73, Maye Musk remains a model today. In 2021, she was signed by Creative Artists Agency. 2019 marks the publication of her memoir, A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success.
She is a dietitian with a master’s degree in dietetics from the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa as well as a master’s degree in nutritional science from the University of Toronto.
Her children are also thriving independently. Tosca is a filmmaker, Kimbal is a chef and entrepreneur, and Elon is leading humanity to Mars with SpaceX and his other businesses.
Maye Musk’s Word
Maye Musk stated, “To be a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated, people would have locked me up like a criminal.” “I’m so thrilled that they’ve decided that even older women can look great in swimsuits. I believe it will significantly alter how women feel.”
While this is not the first time she has posed in a swimsuit, this is the first time in her career that she has appeared in a magazine where women posed in tiny garments.
I am so excited to be on the cover of @si_swimsuit at the age of 74. It’s about time!😉
You can buy your copy of #SISwim22 on May 19th!
If you want to see more pics, interview and videos online, click on https://t.co/C5w9BRwmpE 🤩🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/mWY4pqesle
— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) May 16, 2022