Elon Musk’s Mom on Entrepreneurship & Work Ethic (with Maye Musk)


Maye Musk is a Canadian–South African model and dietitian. Also the mother of Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk, and Tosca Musk, 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”. Maye has run her own nutrition business for over 45 years in eight cities and three countries through speaking, consulting, counseling, writing and media work. She has been modeling since the age of 15 and had 4 billboards in Times Square in her 60s, probably a record. Maye gives presentations as an entrepreneur, fashion icon and nutrition expert to numerous corporations, associations, hospitals and universities. But things were not always so easy or glamorous–she became a single mom at thirty-one years old, struggling through poverty to provide for her three children; dealt with weight issues as a plus-size model and overcame ageism in the modeling industry; and established a lifelong career as a dietitian, all the while starting over in eight different cities across three countries and two continents.


Casey Adams

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