Before Elon Musk started making electric cars and rocketing into space, he grew up in South Africa with his supermodel mother Maye Musk. Ms. Maye successfully raised three children, Elon, Kimbal and Tosca, and is famous in many non-technology fields.
Maye Musk modeled for Harpers BAZAAR magazine in 2018. Photo: Harpers BAZAAR.
Ms. Maye (née Halderman, born April 19, 1948) is a Canadian model and nutritionist with South African descent. She modeled for 50 years, appearing on the covers of famous magazines such as Time, Women’s Day, Vogue…
America Magazine The New York Post affirming her self-earned reputation by stating that she is “a star in her own right”.
Ms. Maye Musk in 2015. Photo: Flickr.
1. Super sample
Maye started her modeling career at the age of 15. Although people told Maye that her catwalk career would end when she was 18, she ended up modeling for several decades. “My friends told me I was famous before Elon was famous,” she told the magazine Vanity Fair.
Entering the age of 60, Ms. Maye is more famous than before. She said that this success comes from her decision to stop dyeing hair.
With her stylish white hair, Maye has received many outstanding contracts, including advertising for the US airline Virgin America, on the cover of the magazine. New York 2011, appeared in the video “Haunted” by singer Beyoncé …
Maye Musk as a young woman. Photo: Inverse.
By 2015, Ms. Maye still applied to work and appeared in her first fashion catwalk show at New York Fashion Week. In 2016, top model management agency IMG signed a contract with her. That same year, she created a wave of fashion when she went with Elon to the Met Gala event.
In 2017, at the age of 69, Ms. Maye became the cosmetic brand ambassador CoverGirl. She is the oldest brand ambassador in the history of this cosmetics company.
“I think it gives hope to women as they get older, they can keep working, feel involved, confident and comfortable with themselves,” Ms. Maye told the magazine. Forbes about your achievements.
The long-term success of Ms. Maye also brought about positive effects in the modeling profession. “Young girls meet me on the street, saying my career gives them hope that if I still work at 70, they can do it at 25,” she told the news site. MarketWatch.
Maye Musk in the Marmont bar in Los Angeles. Photo: Mark Seliger.
Ms. Maye has two master’s degrees, one in diet and one in nutritional science. She built a successful diet in South Africa and did the same after moving to Canada at the age of 40.
Being a nutritionist helps Ms. Maye have a stable modeling career. In the 1990s, she lost about 23kg by refocusing on really healthy foods like beans, vegetables, and yogurt.
However, Ms. Maye also frankly admitted that it is difficult to maintain her reasonable weight because she is sweet and easily tempted by snacks such as chocolate, toffee …
Mrs. Maye Musk. Photo: Wmagazine.
3. Understand social media
Ms. Maye has eliminated the stereotype that the elderly are not social media savvy. Her posts on Instagram caught the attention of model management agency IMG Models, and her signing helped take her modeling career to the next level.
Ms. Maye also made famous connections on social media Facebook, leading to her first couture show when she was 67 years old. In addition, she uses the social network Twitter to build a career as a nutritionist and a lecturer.
After the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, Maye posted some of her fashion shows on Instagram to raise funds for the fashion industry struggling with the epidemic.
Mrs. Maye Musk. Photo: CoverGirl.
4, In the final of Miss South Africa
In 1969, at the age of 20, Ms. Maye decided to join the Miss South Africa pageant. She reached the final round.
Maye Musk in 1969. Photo: Twitter.
Mrs. Maye has a twin sister named Kaye and the two sisters are still close. The children of the two sisters grew up together. Ms. Kaye also raised her children to become successful entrepreneurs.
Mrs. Maye Musk. Photo: Getty Images.
6. Childhood adventure
Maye’s family moved from Canada to South Africa in 1950, when she was about to be 3 years old. In the winter, her family goes to the Kalahari Desert, bringing enough food and food for 3 weeks.
Maye’s family hopes to find the lost golden city that is rumored to be somewhere in the desert. But they do not find it forever.
The Haldeman family arrived in the Kalahari Desert in 1955. Photo: Daily Mail.
7.Have domestic violence
Maye got in a flower carriage with Errol Musk in 1970. It was the beginning of a marriage with both physical and emotional violence, according to the TV documentary program. Biography. Mr. Errol is believed to have beaten his wife and forced her to cut off contact with her family.
Breaking up was difficult for Ms. Maye because she felt ashamed of her condition. Also, at the time, the divorce law in South Africa did not consider domestic violence a big enough reason to end a marriage.
After the divorce law was revised in 1979, Maye felt enough reason to step away from her abusive husband. Years later, she shared details about her marriage in her 2019 book “A Woman Makes a Plan”(A woman making plans).
Ms. Maye also spoke up encouraging abused women to stand up. She told the newspaper New York Post: “When you make a big change, it’s scary, but you can’t stay in that bad state forever.”
Mr. Errol Musk (ex-husband of Maye Musk) has a son with his adopted daughter. Photo: Mail Online.
8 A single mother works hard
After the divorce, Maye worked hard to support herself and her 3 children. Reply to the news site interview The Huffington Post“After the divorce, I had to find accommodation and food for the three children without support,” she said. Poverty makes you work really hard. I remember crying when my baby spilled milk. There is a proverb that says ‘Don’t cry over spilled milk’. I cried because that day I didn’t have money to buy milk again ”.
Mrs. Maye Musk and 3 children (Elon on the left) on the way to school. Photo: VanityFair.
Ms. Maye spent her hard days buying second hand clothes and selling cheap but nutritious foods like peanut butter sandwiches, stewed beans … she told the TV station CNBC: “I have no choice. My number one priority is taking care of the kids. I work very hard to have a roof on my head, food in my stomach and simple clothes on me ”.
When she was a model, Mrs. Maye often took her 3 children to fashion shows. The children also help her practice with nutrition.
Mrs. Maye Musk and 3 children (from left to right) Tosca, Elon and Kimbal. Photo: Daily Mail.
9.Living a new life in Canada
Since Maye was born in Canada, her children are eligible for Canadian passports. At the age of 18, Elon moved to Canada after graduating from high school. Elon’s children also want to move to Canada, so Maye came to this country to learn about migration possibilities.
When Maye was in Canada, Tosca’s daughter arranged to sell her car and home in South Africa. When Maye returned from Canada to South Africa, she had to decide whether to leave the possessions and the career she had spent years building? Finally, she signed the papers and took a big leap.
However, at that time, South Africa limited the amount of money she could bring out of the country, so most of the money that Maye got from the sale of her house and belongings could not be brought to Canada.
Building a new life in Canada, at one point, Ms. Maye worked 5 jobs at the same time. “I’m a researcher at the University of Toronto,” she told Forbes. I teach 2 nights a week at a nutrition college and 2 nights a week at a modeling agency. I model and work part time in nutrition counseling ”.
Mrs. Maye Musk and her daughter Tosca. Photo: Daily Mail.
10.No retirement plan
Ms. Maye has no retirement plan. She said The New York Times: “I will never retire. My mother never retires. I will work until no one needs me anymore. I’ll find something else to do. And I will still be a nutritionist doing what I love to do is research on nutrition ”.
Mrs. Maye Musk and her book. Photo: Instagram.