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72 year old Chinese man is chief model for granddaughter's teen clothing line

1:01 pm - 11/24/2012

While the whole world have their eyes fixed on 7 Chinese elderly men who lined up uniformly in black suits and red ties, another Chinese elderly man, Liu Xianping, has been posing for his granddaughter’s female fashion store on Tmall and has become an Internet sensation. (Tmall is China’s leading B2C online retailer separated from Taobao.)

Though most of the clothes Liu has been modeling for are more of the tiny, sweet and cute teen girl style with rosy shades, laces and ribbons, the 72-year-old totally pulled things off. His signature piece so far seems to be color tights and thigh stockings. Liu’s confidence in front of the camera and his long pair of skinny legs are the envy of many girls. Netizen 云眠Satsuki sighed: “He has such a good figure, especially those legs!”

The Tmall store Liu has been modeling for is Yuekou, a female fashion store started this May by 5 recent college graduates. Liu’s granddaughter Ms. Lv is one of the five. According to an interview with Ms. Lv, it all started when one day her grandpa Liu came to help with unpacking: “He picked up one piece and tried to give some advice on how to mix and match. We thought it was fun so we started shooting.” Who said elderly men in China didn’t have a sense of fashion? According to Ms. Lv, many of the looks in the pictures were her grandpa’s ideas – he surely knows how to make teen girls look cute and stylish.

What does hot grandpa think? “Why unacceptable (for someone like me to wear women’s clothes ? Modeling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose. We were very happy on the day of the shooting. I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy,” Liu told the journalist. And he was absolutely right. The store’s sales have increased 5 times since his pictures went viral and there was even a special “grandpa promotion style” currently featured at the store. Reactions from Chinese netizens have been overwhelmingly positive - they thought Liu was cool, open-minded, fun, extremely stylish and had the perfect camera face. Like netizen 东皇薄荷 commented: “He almost feels like Karl Lagerfeld!”

It is stories like this when one can get a sense of what a diversified society China has changed into in the past 40 years, especially for someone like Liu who has lived through one of the most rigid times in China’s history.

source: Offbeat China
Yuekou (In Chinese) for more pictures of him
jenny_jenkins 24th-Nov-2012 07:59 pm (UTC)

Sorry - I have no grandparents (never really did) so this is making me smile more than it usually would. Must be awesome to have someone like that in your life.

And he photographs...sort of gorgeously. Love the pose. I love he's having fun. I love his granddaughter is having fun with him.

I can only say: I wish I had a granddad.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 24th-Nov-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
+1 more. I just went awwwww at him :)
omimouse 25th-Nov-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Must be awesome to have someone like that in your life.

When my sister and I were still young enough to play 'tea party', our Opa dressed up and 'visited' as someone whose name I can't remember anymore, but I know he was dressed up as a widow, complete with black dress, hat, and veil.

Our neighbour, peering over the fence (this being while we lived in Huntsville, AL) came scurrying over to make sure our mom knew what was going on and to 'raise concerns' about all this. Mom's response?

"They're having the time of their lives; he's their *Opa*; this is the kind of thing that one *does* with one's grandchildren, and besides, my father has done things like this his entire life, so you can cease suggesting his mental health is in decline. And didn't you install that rather tall wooden fence in the first place because you didn't like my daughters peering through the chain link and making unfavourable commentary on *your* activities?"

jenny_jenkins 25th-Nov-2012 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm German. I have vague memories of my Opa (who died when I was 4 or 5 of cancer). He was awesome.

A massive football (soccer) fan. Got me started on it! He was cared for at home (and died at home too) and would watch it on TV in bed with me.

I miss him sometimes. My father has no father so I missed out on that end too.
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