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Gayle King graces Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover at age 69

Move over Martha Stewart! Gayle King is the latest senior to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The 69-year-old “CBS Mornings” co-anchor joins models Kate Upton, Hunter McGrady and Chrissy Teigen for four separate covers of the magazine, which hits newsstands Friday.

More than 20 other models, including Stewart, Tyra Banks, Winnie Harlow, Christie Brinkley and the magazine’s first transgender model, Leyna Bloom, are celebrating the edition’s 60th anniversary on three special “Legends” covers.

Gayle King graces the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2024 at age 69, on newsstands May 17. (Yu Tsai / Sports Illustrated)

“I never imagined I would be here in a swimsuit for Sports Illustrated, but here I am, which tells me that sometimes people can dream, God can dream, the universe can dream a dream bigger than you think for yourself,” King told the magazine.

King, who rose to fame as media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s best friend and confidante, was surprised when she appeared on the cover.

She learned the news Tuesday in a moment of surprise on her morning show as McGrady and Upton revealed the coverage live on air.

“Am I on the cover?” They told me I was just going to be inside,” she said.

The proud grandmother revealed she told magazine staff she didn’t want her SI Swimsuit photos photoshopped – even saying she ate a cheeseburger the day before her shoot.

“They said, ‘What about retouching?’ » I said, “I don’t really want any touch-ups.” However, I don’t mind if you take out a few dimples on the thighs, but I really didn’t want to,” King said.

**NYDN USE ONLY!!!  Single use ONLY!!  Photo is due for removal on June 18, 2024!!** Gayle King graces the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2024 at age 69, on newsstands May 17.  (Yu Tsai / Sports Illustrated)
Gayle King graces the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2024 at age 69, on newsstands May 17. (Yu Tsai / Sports Illustrated)

The 2024 Swimsuit Issue lineup also includes model Chanel Iman, Louisiana State University gymnastics star Olivia “Livvy” Dunne, NFL wife Brittany Mahomes, influencer Lori Harvey and athletes from the Big 12 Jillian Hayes, Alexa Massari and Jasmine Williams.

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