Not many know that Elon Musk is not the only star in his family. The other family members of the tech entrepreneur – father, mother, and siblings also have things working out for them and have made great efforts in their respective fields of endeavor. Elon’s glamorous mother, Maye Musk (formerly Haldeman) is a model, dietician, and popular COVERGIRL ambassador. She has carved a place for herself in the supermodel’s hall of fame. She hails from a popular family and has been in the spotlight for over five decades.
In addition, Maye Musk holds two degrees, one in dietetics and another in nutritional science. She is a very successful model that has appeared in dozens of magazine’s covers in Canada and U.S.A. Learn more about her bio, career, and family below.
Maye Musk Biography
Famous food expert and model, Maye Musk was born Maye Haldeman on 19 April 1948 in the famous city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. A Canadian by birth and a South African by marriage, Maye moved with her parents and four other siblings including her twin to Pretoria, South Africa while she was 2 years old. Her father, Dr. Joshua Norman Haldeman, was an amateur archeologist and alternative medicine physician.
Her mother, Winnifred Josephine, and her husband loved adventures and exploring, so they, alongside their children, explored the Kalahari desert in search of its mythical Lost City. Aside from Kalahari, the family also traveled around the world and were famous for their journeys. Her parents documented accounts of their journeys on slide shows and talks.
Nothing much is known of her high school education, however, it is known that the model got her first degree in dietetics from the University of Orange Free State and her Master’s degree in nutritional science from the University of Toronto.
At the age of 12, she worked at her father’s chiropractic clinic as a receptionist alongside Kaye, her twin sister. While in high school, Maye Musk also attended modeling school at night and by 15, she had begun practicing modeling. She contested in the Miss South Africa Beauty Pageantry in 1969 and reached the finals. A year after, she got married to her high school friend, Errol Musk who she later divorced.
She relocated to Canada with her children after the divorce but prior to her relocation, her modeling career took her to various beauty pageantries and landed her deals for ads with several cosmetic companies and other brands in SA. While at SA, she also appeared in Colgate advertisements.
As a single mother with young children, life in Canada was not easy. Maye lived with all her children in a small rented apartment and had to work five jobs to fend for and train her children through school. Alongside her modeling gigs, she also worked at the University of Toronto while also working to become a registered dietitian.
Musk is a very supportive and amazing mother. She was always there for her children and gave her all at all times without withholding. A perfect example was the donation of all her savings of $10,000 to Elon and Kimbal when they started up Zip2, a software firm.
Her dedication to her family can also be seen when she relocated from Eastern Canada to San Francisco to be close to her children who lived there and later to Los Angeles to show her support and care to her only daughter, Tosca after she had twins.
Maye Musk later got the chance to practice dietetics in Canada and became very popular. She currently travels the world to speak on health issues. On the side of modeling, her love, passion, and drive never ceased. Even after relocating, she still modeled but this time, she appeared mostly on covers of magazines such as Elle Quebec, New York Magazine, L’Officiel Azerbaijan, Grazia UK, S-Moda, Vogue Korea, Prestige HongKong and the “It Girl” in Vanity Fair.
She attributed this stream of modeling deals to her new look of short natural silver color hair quite different from her former long hair. Musk is currently the oldest lady to be an ambassador to the famous magazine COVERGIRL. This was a long time dream come through for the model. The model is represented worldwide by IMG Models.
Husband and Children
The iconic model, Maye Musk had only been married once and that was in 1970 to an engineer, Errol Musk who she met during high school. The couple was married for nine years and their marriage led to the birth of three brilliant children, as she loves to describe them, namely: Elon, Kimbal, and Tosco Musk. However, her marriage to Errol didn’t last long, it ended in 1979 when the couple divorced.
One of her children, Elon Musk is often referred to as a genius and he is the founder of a stream of companies including SpaceX, Telsa Inc., Neuralink, The Boring Company and co-founder of PayPal. Kimbal Musk is her second child and the owner of Kitchen Cafe restaurant. Her last child, Tosca Musk is a successful filmmaker and television producer. All her children have children of their own which means Maye Musk is a grandmother of 11 grandchildren.
Maye Musk has done well for herself as a multi-dimensional career woman. She is a woman of fashion who has received several modeling deals with top-notch magazines and for billboard campaigns. She is also a health speaker who is often invited all over the world to talk at conferences. A successful woman you would agree. As always, success has its pecks, one of such is the fat cheques. Maye Musk’s net worth is currently not known, however, it is said to be running in millions of dollars.