China’s Views on Aging Being Reshaped By an Eighty Year Old Model

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On Mr. Wang´s Weibo social media account, one admirer wrote: “You are my idol grandpa.” this is only one in thousands of comments that are similar. Part of the mix is his sex appeal, next to a photo of Mr. Wang at the gym, topless, his pectorals buff and his skin smooth, another person wrote: “Grandpa you are incredibly handsome! Your stomach is so gorgeous!”

imgurMr. Wang explained that he had always been athletic, as a child he was an avid swimmer and on a daily basis, he still swims more than half mile a day. He explained: “My learning time is in the morning, I read the news and books, and in the afternoon from three to six is when I exercise at a gym near my home.” He also said that now he drinks less alcohol, but that is as far as he restricts himself with his diet. “When it comes to eating, I am not picky; I eat whatever I want to.”

Mr. Wang was born in 1936 in the north western city of Shenyang, he was one of nine children born to a cook and a stay at home mom. In 1949, a year after the Communist Party came to power, he was fourteen and he began working as a conductor of a streetcar.

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He stated: “I liked singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments so much so that I joined the band made up of my work´s unit.” He took free singing, dancing and acting lessons at the Workers’ Cultural Palace located in Shenyang. Later on he began working at a military factory and there he joined their art troupe. At times they entertained the soldiers. Mr. Wang said: Even if it was only one sentry, for example at the top of a slope, like that one time in Dalian, we surrounded him and performed.”

He later worked in radio, theatre and film. Mr. Wang, in the early 1980s, taught modelling for runways at the fashion school in Beijing, he then staged what he believes was, in the north eastern city of Changchun, the first ever modelling show. He said: “The clothes that the Chinese wore in 1982 were so outdated; I went to the biggest department store in the city and told the sales clerk, `If you give me the finest clothes available to you, I will organize the show.’ To this they agreed, the finest clothing that they had were Sun Yat-sen suits made of wool, that were also referred to as Mao suits, and for the women, they had fur coats.”

 


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