Maye Musk completed her dietitian career working as a part-time model while raising Elon Musk and his siblings. “I was famous until Elon became famous,” she told The New York Times in April 2016. Even though she was a dietitian, Maye struggled with her weight after her divorce and, at one point, weighed over 200 pounds, according to the Hong Kong Tatler.
She had some striking features and ended up working as a plus size model. “I was the best plus size model in the whole country and the other agencies were booking me then because they didn’t have a plus size model or older model,” she told The Tatler in September 2020 Maye appeared in campaign for Revlon and was featured on the Special K cereal box (via The Times).
The South African beauty saw a resurgence in her modeling career later in life. In 2010, Maye posed nude on the cover of Time, and was a cover model for Elle Canada in 2012, as covered by MarketWatch. “Maye serves as a role model and inspiration,” famed art collector Wendi Murdoch told the Hong Kong Tatler. “She doesn’t complain about getting older, but rather embraces every moment of life.”
Don’t expect her to change her ways. Since her divorce, Maye has become fiercely independent. “Oh, I will never get married again!” she admitted Harper’s Bazaar in November 2019. “I love living alone in an empty house.”