Martha Stewart was stunningly beautiful when she was younger

Martha Stewart may be America's "homemaking queen," but she's also someone who is known for her camera-worthy looks. As it turns out, she's been turning heads since she was young. That's surely why, over the years, the star has worked hard to keep herself in tip-top shape with a detailed beauty routine, which includes masks, serums, oils, and "many products [that] help prime Ms. Stewart for on-air appearances," according to The New York Times. In February 2020, The Loop put together some numbers and estimated that Stewart spends "$1,000, and broken down over 30 days, that's $33-a-day — on skincare alone."

This is a side of the star that many people may not think about. However, it turns out that being aware of how her appearance plays into her career and, therefore, taking care of herself, has been a part of her life long before she became the head of a homemaking media empire. 

Just like other famous figures, including Helen Mirren and Betty White, Stewart was simply stunning when she was younger. In fact, she was so beautiful that her photogenic face helped her land a lucrative side gig.

Martha Stewart started modeling as a teenager

These days, Martha Stewart is primarily known as a television host, but she used to spend her time in front of the camera in a slightly different role. According to her fascinating self-bio on her website, in addition to being a college student who majored in history and architectural history, Stewart also studied art, economics, and literature before going on to work as an institutional stockbroker on Wall Street. On top of all that, Stewart also dabbled in modeling. 

 "Stewart began modeling at age 15, and continued when she was a student at Barnard College as a way to supplement her income," according to Business Insider. "Her clients included everyone from Unilever to Chanel." Her website also notes that at five-foot-nine-inches-tall, she was also able to land work for both "fashion editorials and fashion shows, as well as ... ads for popular brands, such as Breck, Clairol, and Lifebuoy Soap."

Stewart occasionally reminds her fans of her past, sharing throwback photos and even offering up tips on how to recreate hairstyles from her modeling days. Do you think you could pull off her "high style," "side swept," "retro flip," or "lift off" hairdos?

Martha Stewart says 'you won't be beautiful' without these two things

Celebrities apparently know a thing or two about fitness and nutritious diets. In addition to relying on both to keep them healthy, they're also helpful in keeping celebs looking and feeling their best — and that certainly applies to Martha Stewart. The famous figure, who has worked in front of the cameras since she was still in high school, is a firm believer in the importance of working out and eating well.

"Exercise is a necessary part of the day," Stewart told The New York Times in 2014. "I went to the gym this morning. I have a really great trainer in the city. We've worked together for at least eight years. Or I do yoga with James Murphy." She added, "I like to spin, but I don't have enough time to do it." The woman who's now nearing her 80s also revealed that she drinks "a green juice ... every single morning." She claims, "It's very important."

The celeb also told The Times that "[y]ou can be the most beautiful person on earth, and if you don't have a fitness or diet routine, you won't be beautiful." That being said, she may have done something else to stay as stunning as possible.

Has Martha Stewart had plastic surgery?

Martha Stewart may employ an expensive skincare routine to keep herself looking fresh, but some believe that she's also had a procedure or two to help her remain youthful. "It appears that she has had a facelift. ... Her brows seem to be lifted as well," cosmetic dermatologist Dr. David Sire told The Orange County Register while debating on whether the star had embraced surgery or photoshop. Dr. Lorrie Klein agreed, saying, "Ms. Stewart appears to have had some work done, which may have been non-surgical ... Her cheeks definitely look much younger looking and plumper compared with her older photos." Klein speculated that Stewart "may have had filler injections" on her face and "along the jawline, or perhaps she had a facelift."

Dr. Michael Persky, a facial plastic surgeon, summed up what he thought she might have had done, saying, "Ms. Stewart has undergone a rejuvenate transformation between 2004 and 2011. ... Then she has had a face/neck lift, blepharoplasty, facial fillers, and laser skin rejuvenation ... at the least."

Stewart hasn't confirmed or denied having plastic surgery, however, her daughter, Alexis Stewart, did admit that she doesn't "have a problem with it as long as you don't go overboard and as long as you don't change who you are." Could she have been referring to her mother who, if she has had some work done, has obviously kept it minimal?