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A Look Back at Martha Stewart’s Incredible Life & Career, From Young Modeling Days to Now

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Everywhere you turn, you’ll probably see Martha Stewart right there. From podcasts to recipes in your mom group chat, Stewart has become one of the most recognized faces in the United States, especially in the food world.

Born Aug. 3, 1941, Stewart quickly rose to the top after being discovered in the 1970s for her charm and outstanding cooking skills. Since then, she’s become a respected retail businesswoman, writer, and television personality with a career spanning over 40 years. The legendary chef’s impact is unmistakable, influencing generations of new chefs and bakers to find their love for cooking.

In a previous interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she reflected on her journey to becoming America’s first female self-made billionaire. Before getting into cooking and housekeeping, she worked as a model and a stockbroker for Wall Street. “I was living two very distinctly different lives. And the life of the homemaker was more interesting to me than the life on Wall Street.”

Despite being one of the biggest names of our time, there’s so much that people don’t know about the mogul. So for Stewart’s 81st birthday (we know, our jaws dropped too!!), let’s take a look back at her incredible life and career in photos below.

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