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Martha Stewart Young: 16 Throwback Photos You Have to See To Believe

From model to lifestyle guru to swimsuit cover-girl at age 82 — she's still as beautiful as ever!

Is that you, Martha Stewart? It’s hard to think of a time when the octogenarian wasn’t the soft-spoken lifestyle and cooking guru we know and love today, but a recent photo shared to Instagram shows Martha Stewart as a young model — and it’s blowing people’s minds!

The caption reads: “Martha has always enjoyed working with farm animals, even dating back to her modeling days! ‘Ever since I’ve owned a house, I’ve craved backyard farmyard animals,’ our founder says of her collection of animals.”

Martha Stewart modeling
Martha Stewart modeling in the 1970smarthastewart/Instagram

This isn’t the first Martha Stewart throwback we’ve been graced with. A 2018 photo shared to her personal Instagram account showed off her stunning past.

“My assistant found this great photo of me in my library at Turkey Hill,” Martha wrote in the caption. “Wish it was taken last month!!! Photo by Henry Wolf.”

In the photo, Martha stunned in a black strapless minidress and high heels, with her hair longer and bigger than we’ve ever seen it.

Young Martha Stewart
Martha in the 1980smarthastewart48/Instagram

Although the blonde beauty didn’t specify what year the photo was taken, some of her followers are speculating that it was from the ’80s — and her glamorous fashion choices point to that timeframe as well.

Martha Stewart young

Inspired by her recent throw-back photos, we decided to take a look at the at the homemaking maven through the years — from small-town New Jersey girl to entrepreneur and to powerhouse business woman. You won’t believe the amazing images we found!


Martha Stewart Young

Another throwback to her young modeling days, this is a 1960s classic beauty!


Martha Stewart, 1976
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This 1976 snapshot captures Martha at her Westport, Connecticut home carrying a basket of eggs while she rocks an adorable 70’s jumpsuit. And can we talk about that gorgeous brunette hair? The famous blonde can sport both looks with ease!

Martha Stewart, 1976
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Martha shows off her skills in the kitchen as she dons a blue striped apron while cutting vegetables.

Martha Stewart, 1976
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Pictured in her garden, Martha Stewart gathers vegetables in a basket on her property in Connecticut.


Martha Stewart, 1980
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A young Martha pictured getting comfy with her Persian cat. As if we couldn’t love her any more!


Martha Stewart, 1989
Martha Stewart, 1989

Martha attends a 1989 movie premiere in Hollywood, CA sporting a bold gold necklace. Add fashion icon to her resume as well!


Martha Stewart and Ellen Degeneres, 90's
Martha and Ellen Degeneres, 1994Touchstone Tv/Black-Marlens/Kobal/Shutterstock

Martha gets silly with television host Ellen Degeneres.


Martha Stewart, 1995
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Classy and glamorous, Martha attends the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award dinner in Los Angeles.


Martha attends Bette Midler’s annual Halloween ball as a surfer.


Martha Stewart, 1999
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Martha pictured in 1999 at the New York Stock Exchange. How good do those treats look?


Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey, 2000
Oprah Winfrey with Martha, 2000KMazur/WireImage/Getty

Martha stands alongside fellow lifestyle guru, Oprah Winfrey, at the 2000 launch of O, The Oprah Magazine. We love to see two powerful women supporting one another!


Martha Stewart and Fran Drescher, 2001
Martha Stewart and Fran Drescher, 2001

Stewart poses alongside actress Fran Drescher at the 2001 Gilda’s Club New York City Seventh Annual Comedy Gala at the Plaza Hotel.


Martha Stewart, Conan O'Brien, 2005
Martha Stewart, Conan O’Brien, 2005

Martha teaches some essential skills on this hilarious 2005 episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien.


Snoop Dogg and Martha
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An unlikely friendship with rapper Snoop Dogg has landed Martha Stewart young fans of a whole new generation. The two had their first introduction back in 2008 when Snoop made an appearance on The Martha Stewart Show, and since then, the duo have come together to host Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and Stewart even wrote the foreword for Snoop Dogg’s cookbook, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes From Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Snoop said, “I’ve never met anyone like Martha Stewart.” He continued, “When we come together, it’s a natural combination of love, peace and harmony.”

Martha Stewart today

From launching a brand new pet food line with Chewy to modeling on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 81, (yes, you read that correctly!) there’s truly nothing standing in the way of this powerhouse of a woman.

“When I heard that I was going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s pretty good, I’m going to be the oldest person I think ever on a cover of Sports Illustrated,’” Stewart said. “And I don’t think about age very much, but I thought that this is kind of historic.”

Her drive and fearlessness continue to amaze us, and we can’t wait to see what she does next!

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