Remove masks, celebrate freedom: fashion grannies return to Beijing street 'catwalk'

style grannies return to Beijing road ‘catwalk’

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BEIJING (Reuters) – 4 well-known beginner mannequin grandmothers took off their masks throughout a saunter down the streets of Beijing on Thursday to display life returning to regular because the COVID-19 pandemic eases.

Glamma Beijing, a bunch of 4 girls who met throughout a modelling coaching course after retiring 20 years in the past, turned an web sensation in China final yr.

A 15-second video of them strolling in Sanlitun, one in all Beijing’s busiest buying districts, sporting conventional qipao clothes and over-sized dangling fringe earrings, was seen greater than 50 million occasions in a day, in response to native media.

Since then, Lin Wei, Wang Xinghuo, Solar Yang and Wang Nianwen, all aged over 60, have loved dressing up and performing in movies on short-video platform Douyin for likes.

“Your life is gray if you’re at all times afraid of ageing and loss of life,” stated Lin Wei, 64, explaining her philosophy on rising older and enthusiasm for donning fashionable garments and make-up.

“You’re outdated, you could have wrinkles, you do not have an excessive amount of vitality, or your determine turns into saggy. However that is one thing you may’t go towards, so it’s essential to face it with positivity.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when the group needed to keep indoors, they reverted to creating movies about their way of life. They now have greater than one million followers on Douyin.

On Thursday, the fashionable grannies, as they name themselves in Mandarin, turned heads as they walked in figure-hugging qipaos down a road like a catwalk, in Beijing’s central enterprise district of Guomao.

“Magnificence is in all ages,” stated Liu Jing, a passer-by. “You will be younger and trendy, or female. And it’s also possible to be elegant similar to these grannies.”

(Reporting by Fang Nanlin and Martin Quin Pollard; Writing by Karishma Singh; Modifying by Philippa Fletcher)