Martha Stewart reacts to 'naysayers' calling her Sports Illustrated cover 'over-retouched'

2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Launch
2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Launch / Taylor Hill/GettyImages

Martha Stewart is ready to take any airbrushing rumors off the heat.

Days after the 81-year-old debuted her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover—becoming the oldest cover model for the magazine's iconic issue—she got candid about how people have reacted to the news. But despite the largely positive response, her historic feat has been met with a few trolls in her Instagram comments.

"There are only a few naysayers saying, 'The pictures are over-retouched,'" Martha told Variety in an interview published May 16. "But they're not. They are incredibly accurate pictures. I was really pleased that there was not much airbrushing."

As to the comments claiming that the only way Martha can look this good is if she's had lots of work done? She has news for them. "Well, it's not true," the lifestyle maven responded. "I've had absolutely no plastic surgery whatsoever."

"Every now and then there are certain fillers that I can do for a little line here or there, but I hate Botox," she continued. "It's a weird thing for me. I really and truly don't do a lot."