In a world where beauty seems to be forever obsessed with being young, Maye Musk is a refreshing reminder that being under 30 doesn’t have to be a qualifier of attractiveness. In an interview with Refinery29 at a recent CoverGirl event, Musk chats candidly with the publication about getting older and practicing self-love.
“I think CoverGirl has made a good start and everyone is going to follow because we’ve had such a positive response,” she says of her role as brand ambassador and society embracing older models. “Young people are appreciating it, too, because it means that there is longevity in whatever job you’re doing. It’s not only regarding makeup, it’s regarding working and being relevant to society and doing things for yourself at any age.”
And with so many individuals “aging out” of modelling, this is definitely a positive step towards representation at every age.
Not that Musk thinks the term “anti-aging” is a bad thing. In fact, she doesn’t mind the term at all. “I think makeup is anti-aging. It smooths out your complexion and removes sun spots and the dark rings under your eyes, so it’s very anti-aging. Staying out of the sun is anti-aging, creams with SPF are, wearing a hat is anti-aging. So is sleeping well and eating well — you have to eat well,” says the model/registered nutritionist.
When asked about practicing self-love, Musk says, “I’ve always just worked hard, studied to get two Master of Science degrees, and helped other people. I used to have a lot of dietetic interns come and work with me and learn how to run a business, and with modeling, I’ve always helped younger models.” She tells a story about coaching a nervous model at a runway show in Toronto, advising her to walk with confidence and to just enjoy it.
As for the hardest part of aging? “Maintaining my weight. It’s really, really hard. I have to eat healthily most of the time and when I don’t, I then have a couple of weeks to get under control again and it’s really hard because there’s temptation everywhere,” Musk continues. “People want to bring me chocolates and I say, ‘No, I can’t do that, I can’t have chocolates!’ Well, not that I can’t have them, but I can’t have a box. I can have two or three, but two or three means I want a box.”
Though we will happily watch on as Musk challenges the perception of aging–being a gorgeous, career-driven CoverGirl who has graced the cover of multiple magazines throughout her career is probably not something we’ll accomplish in our lifetimes. Craving for an entire box of chocolate, however? That one, we can relate to.