Gender Bending Chinese Grandpa Models Teen Girl Clothes, Goes Viral
Chinese fashion designer Ms. Lv sells a line of fun and smart teen ensembles at her T Mall store, Yuekou, and likely would have no shortage of young models who would love to kick-start their careers showing off her wares. Ms. Lv, however, leaves the job of putting her best ensembles on display to someone very near and dear to her.
Liu Xianping is not your average Chinese retiree, tending to his garden and going for strolls in the park. Xianping, 72, is Ms. Lv's grandfather, and the unlikely fashion face of his granddaughter's line of teen women's wear. After trying on some bright tights and a waist coast designed by Ms. Lv, she was sold on the idea that photos of her normally quiet grandpa wearing her clothing line could actually sell. "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," said Lv.
Lv says that many of the looks shown in the photos (above) were put together by Xianping himself. Store sales have increased five-fold since the photos have hit Yuekou's website (and rapidly went viral). Xianping certainly looks confident and comfortable in today's teen wear. And pulls the ad campaign off with style.
Does Xianping also model men's clothing? You bet. Here's a photo of him on Yeukou, dancing Gangnam Style...Awesome.