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Maye Musk (née Haldeman; born April 19, 1948)[1] is a Canadian-South African model and dietitian.[2][3] Also the mother of Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk, and Tosca Musk,[4] she has been a model for 50 years appearing on the covers of magazines including Time. The New York Post asserted her self-earned fame by declaring she is "a star in her own right".[5]

Maye Musk
Maye Musk at Elle Quebec photoshoot.jpg
Maye Musk at "ICÔNES" photoshoot for Elle Quebec, 2012
BornMaye Haldeman
(1948-04-19) April 19, 1948 (age 70)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Errol Musk
(m. 1970; div. 1979)
ChildrenElon, Kimbal and Tosca
RelativesLyndon Rive (nephew)



South Africa (1950–1989)Edit

Maye was born in 1948 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, a twin[6] and one of five children.[2] Her family moved to Pretoria, South Africa, in 1950. Her parents, Winnifred Josephine "Wyn" (Fletcher) and Joshua Norman Haldeman,[7] were adventurous and flew the family around the world in a prop plane in 1952. For over ten years the family would spend time roaming the Kalahari desert in search of its fabled Lost City of the Kalahari. Their parents gave slide shows and talks about their journeys, "My parents were very famous, but they were never snobs," Maye said.[2]

As a young woman, Maye was a finalist in the 1969 Miss South Africa beauty competition.[2] In 1970, she married Errol Musk, a South African engineer she met in high school. They had three children: Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk and Tosca Musk. She earned a Master's degree in dietetics from the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa.[2] She later earned another Master's degree in nutritional science from the University of Toronto.

In 1979 she divorced Errol. Two years later Elon decided to live with his father. Kimbal joined Elon four years later.[2] After graduating high school, Elon decided to move to Canada, and Maye followed him there with the rest of her children six months later in 1989.[5]

Canada and United States (1989–present)Edit

Her modeling career continued in Canada.[5] She has appeared on boxes of Special K cereal,[2] in Revlon ads,[2] in a Beyoncé video,[2] she appeared nude on the cover of Time magazine for a health issue;[5] also nude on the cover of New York magazine in 2011 with a fake pregnant belly;[5] she was on the cover of Elle Canada in 2012;[5] and starred in advertisement campaigns for Target and Virgin America.[5] In 2015, she was signed by IMG Models.[5] In September 2017, she became CoverGirl's oldest spokesmodel at age 69, which one news story reported as "making history".[8][9]

In addition to modeling she has a business as a dietitian and gives presentations worldwide.[5]


  1. ^ "My 60th".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Laura M. Holson (April 30, 2016). "At 68, Maye Musk, the Mother of Elon, Is Reclaiming the Spotlight". New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Kathleen Hou (March 17, 2016). "Elon Musk's Mom Is a 67-Year-Old Model and Dietitian With Great Wellness Advice". New York. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Meet Maye Musk, the glamorous model mother of billionaire Elon Musk". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kirsten Fleming (May 2, 2016). "Elon Musk's model mom will have to wait for her Model 3". New York Post. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  6. ^ Fox, Emily Jane (21 October 2015). "How Elon Musk's Mom (and her Twin Sister) Raised the First Family of Tech". The Hive. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Elon's Mother".
  8. ^ "This 69-Year-Old Model Is the Newest Face Of Covergirl". 27 September 2017.
  9. ^ Mejia, Zameena (28 September 2017). "Elon Musk's mom Maye Musk just made history by scoring this modeling gig".

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