Topless Chinese grandpa, 80, walks the ramp, becomes global sensation (video)
Wang Deshun, a 80-year-old grandpa, walked the ramp recently in Beijing, topless, showing off his rippling muscles.
The stylish gung-ho walk, which would impress men half of his age, earned Wang Deshun global fame, with The New York Times calling him, “China’s hottest grandpa”.
China is a Confucian nation, which accords enormous respect to its elderly. But it also bestows the senior citizen status to its citizens rather quickly. Women workers retire at 50 and very few men work after 60.
But not Wang Deshun, who over a long career has worked as a street conductor, taught modelling, been an amateur actor and worked as DJ.
He says he relishes breaking the stereotypes that require the elderly to hobble or sit down to pass their time idyllically.
Wang Deshun attributes his health and zeal to his routine which he has developed to avoid mental and physical stagnation.
He studies every morning, exercises in the afternoon and eats whatever he wants to.
He did the cat walk last year for the first time and continues to be popular on the ramp.
“Nature determines age, but you determine your state of mind,” Wang Deshun told NYT.