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A Retailer Discovers China's New 'It' Girl: Grandpa - Retired Farmer Becomes Fashion Sensation
Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2013 | LAURIE BURKITT And JOSH CHIN

Posted on 01/09/2013 8:09:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise

BEIJING—While other 72-year-old Chinese men spend their days practicing tai chi and playing mah-jongg, Liu Qianping is enjoying a twilight career modeling clothes. Women's clothes.

At a fall fashion shoot, the 5-foot-8 former rice farmer from central Hunan vamped for the camera in lacy green tights and white fur-lined pink dresses. Online and on TV, he has become a meme, with his image circulated by millions on Chinese social media sites and talk shows.

He owes his star turn to his granddaughter, Lu Ting, a clothier who struggled for months to find a model who could boost her online store without breaking the bank. "He's just so slender," Ms. Lu says of her 110-pound grandfather. She notes that he looks great in crimson dresses and credits him for more than quadrupling her sales in recent weeks.

...The waif of a man, who goes about in a three-piece suit and a bow-tie when he isn't clad in pink satin, is among a cadre of Chinese seniors who are all too familiar with cultural upheaval. Their lives have been marked by unimaginable change—from surviving famine to the advent of fast food. Along the way, many have adopted a devil-may-care approach that flies in the face of stereotypes about conservative Asian elders...

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: china; fashion; grandpa; itgirl; napl

1 posted on 01/09/2013 8:09:41 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
"This is NOT A PING!"

- Call me 'Lola'

2 posted on 01/09/2013 8:11:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

you got to be kidding me... a 72 year man modelling women’s clothes....

I hate the internet.


3 posted on 01/09/2013 8:12:53 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958

This is today’s Wall Street Journal. Encouraging older Americans to give up memories of how things were and embrace a devil may care attitude.

Or maybe the Devil doesn’t care. Obama sure doesn’t care about outcomes.

Run guns to Mexico? Crack down on American legal gun sales and shield the federal officials from international prosecution.


4 posted on 01/09/2013 8:16:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

“This is today’s Wall Street Journal. Encouraging older Americans to give up memories of how things were”

Good luck with that - I don’t know of alot older Americans who aren’t wishing for things they way they were.


5 posted on 01/09/2013 8:21:51 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: a fool in paradise

You gotta admit...

He has got a LOT more curves than some of those alien things that madison avenue calls “models” that look like they just walked off of the mothership....


6 posted on 01/09/2013 8:23:15 PM PST by GraceG
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To: mike_9958

I got two words for you:

THANK GOD IT’S NOT JUST AMERICA!!!


7 posted on 01/09/2013 8:42:36 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: a fool in paradise

8 posted on 01/09/2013 9:06:53 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: mike_9958

He survived Mao’s cultural revolution. Pretty sure this is nothing compared to that.

He’s just happy to help his grandaughter make a few bucks with her online store.


9 posted on 01/09/2013 9:27:59 PM PST by Valpal1
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To: a fool in paradise

10 posted on 01/09/2013 10:00:23 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: a fool in paradise

L..O....L..A.....Lola.....


11 posted on 01/09/2013 10:54:43 PM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
He does have his limits. He refuses to have his neck exposed in pictures and insists that he alone does all the styling. "I have to pick out the combinations," he says insistently. "I have the best sense of what blouse should be paired with what skirt."

Oh good. Wouldn't want you to compromise your dignity.



12 posted on 01/09/2013 11:14:11 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
He does have his limits. He refuses to have his neck exposed in pictures and insists that he alone does all the styling. "I have to pick out the combinations," he says insistently. "I have the best sense of what blouse should be paired with what skirt."

Oh good. Wouldn't want you to compromise your dignity.



13 posted on 01/09/2013 11:15:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: vbmoneyspender

no kidding. everything is devolving into chaos. the other side likes it becaus they think they’l be able to make order out of it. they will just make the ultimate FAIL in the history of mankind.


14 posted on 01/09/2013 11:20:12 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Would you hurry up, already, and blow that thing Gabe?

15 posted on 01/10/2013 2:11:25 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Slings and Arrows
This is what you look like, after spending 40 years in a rice paddy.


16 posted on 01/10/2013 4:34:09 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Valpal1
I'm not sure exactly what their demographic is.


17 posted on 01/10/2013 4:39:01 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Daffynition; a fool in paradise

18 posted on 01/10/2013 4:49:25 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition
I'm not sure exactly what their demographic is.

My guess would be retired.

*ducking*

19 posted on 01/10/2013 4:54:41 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: JoeProBono
What the hell is THAT????!?!

Looking for the brain bleach....

20 posted on 01/10/2013 6:34:12 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: a fool in paradise; monkapotamus
He owes his star turn to his granddaughter, Lu Ting,


21 posted on 01/10/2013 7:17:20 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Disambiguator

Rutt-Roh! ROFLOL!!!


22 posted on 01/10/2013 8:19:59 AM PST by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: mike_9958

you got to be kidding me... a 72 year man modelling women’s clothes....

I love the internet.


23 posted on 01/10/2013 10:24:28 AM PST by null and void (Soap box. Ballot box. Jury box. We're just two boxes away from freedom...)
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To: a fool in paradise

24 posted on 01/10/2013 10:30:56 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: JoeProBono

He can keep ‘It’.


25 posted on 01/10/2013 10:50:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Daffynition; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
I'm not sure exactly what their demographic is.

Is that a photo from their vacation in South Africa where Winnie The Mandela herself was a part of the welcoming committee?

26 posted on 01/10/2013 10:59:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

The Chinamen will beat us in imagination, creativity and tolerance. But then, that’s not hard to do - an upper class highly educated onetime terrorist named Bill Ayers beat us all by placing an unknown half-witted unsympathetic Communist in the White House.


27 posted on 01/10/2013 1:15:08 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: null and void

bleh


28 posted on 01/10/2013 4:38:14 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958

Hmmm? You don’t feel like you and your life are better after you get off the interwebs?


29 posted on 01/10/2013 4:44:44 PM PST by null and void (Soap box. Ballot box. Jury box. We're just two boxes away from freedom...)
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To: null and void

“You don’t feel like you and your life are better after you get off the interwebs?”

I think I’ve wasted those 10secs in reading an article about a 72 year old model that I can never get back.


30 posted on 01/10/2013 7:44:20 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958

The title should have served as its own warning label...


31 posted on 01/10/2013 8:02:06 PM PST by null and void (Chicago police chief: WE'LL SHOOT LICENSED CIVILIANS WITH GUNS)
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To: null and void

“The title should have served as its own warning label...”

I blame myself...

I have issues with my mouse... don’t say it.


32 posted on 01/10/2013 8:09:14 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958
I have issues with my mouse... don’t say it.

I won't...

33 posted on 01/10/2013 8:22:39 PM PST by null and void (Chicago police chief: WE'LL SHOOT LICENSED CIVILIANS WITH GUNS)
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