We’ve seen over 50 celebs grace the runway for their favorite brands, but what about the everyday baby boomer? Getting into couture fashion at any age can have its obstacles, but for Deshun Wang, it’s been an incredible experience.
Deshun Wang, the man known as “China’s hottest grandpa” paused from his D.J. duties to poke fun at the country’s traditional celebrations for the elderly.
“I should wear a long robe, with the word ‘longevity’ embroidered on the front,” Wang said at his party in September. “Two young maidens should help me into an old-style wooden chair,” he added, pretending to hobble.
Mr. Wang refuses to pause or go stagnant as he ages. He has explored new skills and ideas while devoting his day to exercise. Last year, he walked the runway for the first time, and truly enjoys taking on youth-minded activities to shock and wow people with his agility.
The legal retirement age for women is 50 for workers and 55 for civil servants, and 60 for most men.
Being older in China typically means being respected, but also, often, sentimentalized. Someone as young as 50 may be addressed as “yeye” or “nainai” — grandpa or grandma — regardless of whether they have offspring.
“One way to tell if you’re old or not is to ask yourself, ‘Do you dare try something you’ve never done before?’ ” he said in a recent interview at a hotel in Beijing.
“Nature determines age, but you determine your state of mind,” he said. “Grandpa, you’re my idol!” one admirer wrote on Mr. Wang’s Weibo social media account, one of thousands of similar comments.
“Grandpa, your stomach is so gorgeous! Incredibly handsome!” another person wrote next to a photo of Mr. Wang.
Wang still swims more than half a mile each day. “Morning is my learning time,” he said. “I read books and news. From 3 to 6 p.m. is my exercise time, in a gym near my home.”
He refuses to restrict himself dietarily, he’s active but eats what he wants! “I am not picky at all about what I eat. I eat whatever I want.” He explained.
Deshun Wang was born in the Northeastern city of Shenyang in 1936.