On April 19th of this year, Musk turns 72-years-old and her life has never been better! CLICK HERE to read our first blog about this lovely lady.
Ad courtesy of Vogue magazine, January 2020
Now, according to an article I read in Bazaar’s January 2020 edition, Musk is the oldest star ever to appear in a CoverGirl ad campaign. She looks 20 years younger than she is – in other words: absolutely terrific. Her incredible life story is now being told in a book titled “A Woman Makes a Plan” with startling photos from the family vault.
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Her story begins with an action-packed childhood. Born in Canada, she grew up mainly in South Africa, where her adventurous family searched for the fabled Lost City of the Kalahari in her father’s plane. My interest was peaked at once – I had heard of the Kalahari Desert, of course – but a Lost City was something else.
WHAT AND WHERE IS IT?
In the African countries of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa there is roughly 350,000 sq. mi. of sandy wilderness known as the Kalahari Desert where, according to historical lore, there exists an ancient, ruined lost city. Over the past 130 years, at least 30 expeditions have gone in search of this fabled mystery. So far, nothing has been found.
FIRST: A BEAUTY PAGEANT WINNER
At 21-years-old, Musk started her career as a finalist in the 1969 Miss South Africa competition. Then she went on to study nutrition and later earned a Master’s degree in nutritional science from the University of Toronto. We’re definitely looking at beauty and brains here.
SECOND: MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND THREE KIDS
She raised three precocious children and says, “People ask me all the time how I did it. I think what I did was leave them alone to develop their own passions and give them the freedom to explore their own ideas.” She relates that when she encouraged Elon, then 12, to submit a computer program he’d designed – to his favorite computer magazine – the publication not only printed it, but he received a check for $500. “I don’t think they knew he was 12,” she says with a laugh.
AT ONE TIME SHE WEIGHED OVER 200 LBS.
“I was South Africa’s only plus-size model!” she says. “As a nutritionist I would tell my clients how to eat and it changed their lives. It took a little while to change my own, but I did it.”
Musk (who has a twin sister) moved her family to Canada after her divorce and now all three (two boys and one girl) are grown, have children and live in the United States. Musk herself has never been happier.
HAVE YOU NOTICED? MODELS ARE NOW ALLOWED TO AGE
This is a current trend that’s very interesting. It used to be that models were out when they hit their thirties. Now we have Lauren Hutton, 77; Christy Turlington Burns, 51; Naomi Campbell, 51 and Cindy Crawford, 54 – all still appearing in print and whatever – AND ALL GORGEOUS!
Christy still dazzles at 51. “Who’s the guy?” “Oh, he’s old whatshisname.” (Joke) – Photo courtesy of Bazaar magazine, September 2019
Lauren Hutton and her goddaughter, Nina Clemente – Ad courtesy of Bazaar magazine, September 2019 – Hutton is probably one of the best-looking 77-year-olds on the planetShaun Nelson-Henrick
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I’ve never been able to pull it off BUT I’ve always wanted to go to Australia – everything I’ve heard about it fascinates me. That said I often watch those “survival” TV shows where a person takes a wrong turn in a desert, forest, mountain or the outback and is lost for days on end. Then an “outdoor survivalist” comes on and says, “If only they had done thus-and-so – they would have had food and water.”
Over the years, the airline industry has experienced many twists and turns – and one of the most remarkable has been the evolution of the stewardess or airline hostess. That said I was stopped in my tracks by an article in Travel & Leisure, April 2020 titled “Taking Wing.” It featured a photo of a flight attendant’s dress from 1965 and was skillfully written by Ann Hood who has delivered a detailed on-the-scene report.
In a city like New York, that has a population of close to nine million, it’s great to know that there’s something for everyone. This gave me the idea to write about fun and/or favorite spots in all five boroughs, namely: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. So, in this blog we’ll cover places I’ve personally enjoyed over the years and spots mentioned in an article that ran in Condé Nast Traveler magazine in April 2020. Here are five slices of the Big Apple:
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