Maye Musk: the atypical and complicated life of Elon Musk's mother

Elon, the son of Maye Musk
Active model... born in 1948!
Elon Musk's regular companion
The heroine of her son
A complicated life
From Canada to South Africa
Famous and adventurous parents
A legendary father
The travels of the Haldemans
In search of the Lost City
Famous but humble
Her mother, her example
Early model
Almost Miss South Africa
Nutritionist in training
Marriage with Errol Musk
Three children with Errol
Divorce after nine years
Why did she divorce her husband?
Harsh statements about Errol Musk
Returned to Canada with only the clothes on her back
Exemplary students
Settled in LA
Posed without clothes...
Commercial projects
All to the white
IMG Models... at 67 years old!
2022: Swimsuit model
Elon, the son of Maye Musk

Elon Musk is among the richest men in the world and one of the most famous businessmen in contemporary history. Yet, few people know his mother, Maye.

Active model... born in 1948!

Maye Musk is a sought-after model who, at over 70 years old, is still on the front line of the fashion industry.

Elon Musk's regular companion

Discreet, elegant, and very tall, Maye Musk has been Elon's companion in numerous events. In this case, the 2022 MET Gala.

The heroine of her son

The mother-son relationship appears to be excellent. In fact, Elon Musk considers his mother 'the only heroine' he admires, as he confessed on Twitter a few years ago.

A complicated life

The life of Maye Musk has not been easy. She moved across oceans, had a controversial marriage, and had to start her life from scratch with three children and an empty bank account.

From Canada to South Africa

Born in Canada in 1948, she moved to South Africa with her parents (Joshua and Winnifred Haldeman) when she was two years old. The family settled in the African country with their five children.

Famous and adventurous parents

Chiropractors and adventurers by profession, the Haldemans made expeditions that drew much attention in the mid-20th century.

A legendary father

In fact, Joshua Haldeman has the honor of being the first pilot to arrive from South Africa to Australia without the aid of electronic instruments.

The travels of the Haldemans

With their operational base in Pretoria, the Haldemans gave talks and presentations all over the world, detailing their travels.

In search of the Lost City

The couple's regular visits to the Kalahari Desert, where they eagerly searched for the legendary Lost City, generated particular excitement.

Famous but humble

Despite the fame, Maye Musk remembers her parents as very grounded and down to earth, she told The New York Times in an interview.

Her mother, her example

"My parents were very famous but they were never snobs," she recalls. For her son Elon Musk, too, the memory of his grandmother is special. "She was a wise and strong woman."

Early model

Maye Musk began working as a model at the age of 15. She posed for fashion catalogs and was managed by the modeling agency of her mother's friend.

Almost Miss South Africa

When she was 20 years old, she entered the Miss South Africa pageant, where she became a finalist.

Nutritionist in training

Alongside her work as a model, Maye Musk studied to become a nutritionist. Today she is a worldwide renowned nutritionist.

Marriage with Errol Musk

At the age of 21, in 1970, Maye Musk married her high school sweetheart Errol Musk. He would become an important engineer who made his fortune with emeralds and construction.

Three children with Errol

Maye and Errol Musk had three children: Elon (1971), Kimbal (1972), and Tosca (1974, pictured).

Divorce after nine years

Nine years after getting married, in 1979, Errol and Maye Musk separated. The model did not sign the divorce until 1981, but by then, she had already been living with her children in Durban for two years.

Why did she divorce her husband?

The reason for the divorce, insiders say, was the physical and psychological aggression that Errol inflicted on Maye. Their son Elon told Rolling Stone that his father was an 'evil' person who deliberately planned bad things.

Harsh statements about Errol Musk

"He was such a terrible human being. You have no idea. My dad will have a carefully thought-out plan of evil... Almost every crime you can possibly think of, he has done," Musk said about his dad.

Returned to Canada with only the clothes on her back

In 1989, Maye Musk moved to Canada, where Elon Musk had gone to study a year earlier. She did it without money, as her accounts had been blocked by her husband. In Canada, she worked as a nutritionist, a researcher at the University of Toronto, and a model.

Exemplary students

As her children resorted to scholarships, loans, and jobs to study at the University, Maye Musk sacrificed everything she could to support her family.

Settled in LA

When things began to improve, Maye Musk passed through San Francisco, New York, and, since 2013, Los Angeles, where she is living now.

Posed without clothes...

Among her most memorable work is a shoot she did for New York Magazine at age 62, without clothes, and then a similar one for the health section of Time. She also made her appearance in the video clip 'Haunted' (2013) by Beyoncé.

Commercial projects

Maye Musk was the first dietitian to appear on Special K cereal boxes. In addition, she has been the protagonist of campaigns for companies such as Target and Virgin America.

All to the white

Interestingly, Maye Musk cut her hair and stopped dyeing it when she was 59. Although her white hair looks great on the model, she spent almost half a year without work and changed agencies because of her decision.

IMG Models... at 67 years old!

In 2015, at the age of 67, she signed a contract with the exclusive agency IMG Models. Two years later, she made history by becoming, at 69, the oldest model yet to star in a campaign for CoverGirl.

2022: Swimsuit model

In 2022, she would appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. And that will surely not be the last we hear of Maye Musk!

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