Martha Stewart has a new book out called Living the Good Long Life:  A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others  and she’s been doing the promotional tour to help promote it.   The Queen of Crafts covers this Sunday’s edition of PARADE Magazine and the interview reveals quite a few candid moments.  Here’s a sampling;

How she would describe her new book:

“It’s all about surviving in this extraordinary world—physically, mentally, emotionally.  I wrote it because nobody is paying attention to the silver tsunami of baby boomers who are now turning 65.  My book focuses on what you can do for others and what you can do for yourself in terms of aging gracefully.”

Didn’t she begin modeling at age 13?

“Just for money.  But it was fun.”

On whether she knew she was beautiful:

“No, I actually didn’t.  I knew I was good enough to get $60 an hour, which was the going rate at the time.  I wasn’t the cover girl.  I wasn’t Suzy Parker.  But I should’ve been.  Maybe if I had had somebody encouraging me…But then I got married when I was 19.”

On the dispute between Macy’s and J.C. Penney over the rights to sell her wares:

“We try something new and we get slapped with a lawsuit….We like designing and making products.  We’re good at it.  We want to have our own stores. That’s how the J.C. Penney thing came around; it was an opportunity to have 700 stores within J.C. Penney.  What I want to do now is build freestanding stores.”

Does she feel the stock sale that resulted in her imprisonment was a mistake?

“I don’t consider that a mistake.  It was a normal thing that people do every day.  They sell stock.  What was a mistake was the way it was handled.  I’m not supposed to say this, but I was not guilty of any crime.  I became a target because I was a strong and a rich woman who had been very successful.”

On her admiration for Hillary Clinton:

“I admire Hillary greatly, her inner strength.  She did a phenomenal job as secretary of state.  The best thing of all was the way she treated her husband.”

Most wives would have left him.

“Well, I wouldn’t have.  Hillary was married to the president.  Walking out on him when he’s stupid would’ve shown weakness and self-centeredness.  She saved him, her self-respect, and her daughter.  She didn’t cut the family asunder.  As a result, she gained his respect forever.”


Will she write her autobiography?

“Of course.  I have my title and everything.  I’ve led such an interesting and complicated life that it’s getting to be time to record it.”

I bet her autobiography would be amazing!  You can read more of her interview here and in the Sunday issue of PARADE


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