玛莎·斯图尔特，家政领域的女皇，全美最具影响力的女性之一，其身后有着无数注重生活品质的忠实拥趸。她在商业领域的成就为人们所称道，以她名字命名的生活多媒体帝国（Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia）通过电视、书籍、杂志、网络向人们讲述着一个又一个精品生活的故事。她使整整一代的美国家庭女妇争先恐后地出厅堂、下厨房，以追求完美的待客之道而自豪。家居和应酬因她而成为一种艺术，人们的日常生活琐事从此增添了更多优雅的色彩。玛莎·斯图尔特，这已成为传奇品牌的名字，有着太多的内涵，甚至男人在评价女人的时候也会说：“嗯，不错，非常玛莎（very Martha）”。
Martha Stewart (born August 3, 1941) is a television and magazine personality known for her cooking, gardening, etiquette, and arts and crafts projects, and as a general lifestyle guide and homemaker.
Stewart has built a business empire centered around the domestic arts, and has established a strong reputation for taste and style in these domains with her consumer base. Her business success and media visibility have elevated her to iconic status within these markets.
Stewart currently hosts Martha, and recently starred in The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Most of her professional attention, since her release from prison, has been focused on reviving the fortunes of her business, which suffered during the entire period of her litigation and incarceration.
Born Martha Helen Kostyra in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, she was the first daughter of Eddie and Martha Kostyra. She was born to a large middle class family of Polish-American heritage, with five other brothers and sisters. She was raised in Nutley, New Jersey.
Instilled with a strong work ethic promoted by her parents, Stewart mastered traits that many would consider common household chores. These traits however proved to be the keystone of her success later in life. Stewart's mother taught her how to cook and sew. Later, she learned the art of canning and preserving when she visited her grandparents' home in Buffalo, New York. Her father Eddie had a passion for gardening and passed on all of his knowledge and expertise to her.
Stewart also excelled in school. Her interest in books and reading did not prevent her from being active in extracurricular activities, such as the school newspaper and the Art Club. During this time, Stewart began a modelling career. She was hired and appeared in several TV commercials and magazines. Finishing with straight A’s, she was awarded a partial scholarship to Barnard College in New York City. It was around this time that she married Andy Stewart. After marrying him, Stewart temporarily left Barnard, and continued a successful modeling career, while her husband finished his law degree at Yale Law School. She would later return to Barnard a year later, and graduated with a major in History and Architectural History. In 1965 her daughter, Alexis Stewart was born.