Who is Elon Musk's mom? All you need to know about Maye Musk, the 72-year-old grandma who posed nude for mag cover
There is no dearth of creativity among the Musk clan as they can think of the most extraordinary monikers for their newborns.
While the world is still coming to terms with Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Canadian singer Grimes's baby boy's name X Æ A-12, his model grandmother Maye Musk has shared an equally intriguing message about her grandson on the occasion of Mother's Day.
Congratulating Elon and Grimes on welcoming their bundle of joy and wishing Grimes for Mother's Day, Maye wrote on Twitter, "X, welcome to this world. You are so adorable. Congrats [Elon Musk] and [Grimes], who will celebrate her first Mother's Day tomorrow."
Elon responded to her post with a heart emoticon followed by "u Mom". If you're wondering who Elon's mother is, she is a "star in her own right", according to a New York Post article. The 72-year-old is a Canadian-African model and dietician.
Born to a chiropractor mother and an amateur archeologist father, Maye extensively traveled the world with her parents for many years as a child. In 1969, she became one of the finalists in the Miss South Africa beauty competition. She married Errol Musk in 1970, who she had met in high school. The couple divorced in 1979.
Marriage, divorce or children did not stop her from pursuing her goals as she went on to earn master's degrees in dietetics and nutritional science from two universities.
She gained popularity through her career in modeling, which spans over five decades. Maye has featured on boxes of Special K cereal, in commercials including Revlon and appeared in Beyonce's 'Haunted' music video.
The bold beauty has appeared nude on the cover of New York and featured on Elle Canada cover in 2012. In 2017, she became CoverGirl’s oldest spokesmodel at the age of 69.
Meanwhile, her fields of expertise extend beyond the realm of glamour as she also has business ventures in dietetics, which require her to do presentations across the world. Maye has also authored her memoir 'A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty and Success', which released in 2019.
Maye deserves a shout out, especially today (May 10) on the occasion of Mother's Day for striking a fine balance between her personal and professional life and achieving all her goals.
She worked as a research officer for the University of Toronto to be able to afford school for her children besides teaching modeling and taking nutrition classes two nights a week.
Recollecting the time when she lived in a tiny apartment in Toronto with her children in the early 1990s, Maye told in an interview, "We spent three weeks just taking staples out of the floor and removing the wallpaper, which was covered in green Velvet vines and was peeling."
"And the first thing we did, after the first salary I got, [was] we got an expensive carpet put down because we didn't have chairs or anything. And the second thing we got was a computer for Elon. And so he would sit on the floor at his computer."
However, she doesn't take credit for all the success her children have achieved, as she said, "I never helped my kids. I was working too hard, my kids had to be responsible for themselves."