CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Video: 72-year-old grandpa models clothing line

11-27-2012 19:42 BJT

This grandpa is stealing everyone's heart. The latest internet sensation, the 72-year old Chinese man has become something he probably never dreamed he'd ever be: the face of his granddaughter's teenage girls' clothing! With a slim physique that every model hopes for, it looks like granddaddy is showing the fashion world a new side of fabulous.

Liu’s 24-year-old granddaughter Lu Ting is one of the college graduates who started up the online boutique in May. Since her grandfather became involved, visits to their online site have increased four-fold and continue to rise.

Liu’s career took off during a visit to Lu in Guangzhou, when he saw his granddaughter packing boxes.

Grandpa model Liu Qiangping said, "One day I walked into the room and saw them packing up some clothes. And I thought they looked quite interesting and quite cute. So I tried on a jacket and they found it really funny, and I thought it was quite funny. So they asked if they could take pictures of me and post them on the Internet to sell the clothes. And I said, ’why not?’"

Liu, who has the nick-name "MaDiGaGa", which literally means "funny elderly", is now one of China’s most recognised models.

Liu says he sometimes looks at fashion programs on television for ideas on how to pose but generally relies on direction from Lu’s team. But he does, however, have his own opinions on styling.

Liu said, "He will tell us which items should be stronger and what should be improved. He really likes bright, contrasting colours while I prefer more tone-on-tone combinations. So he gives lots of advice when we try different combinations."

Last week, Liu, a former farmer from central China’s Hunan province, travelled to Shanghai for the first time to appear on television with his granddaughter. He said he has been approached by other companies to model for them but has turned them all down.

Liu Qiangping said, "I never dreamed of lucky things like this happening to me. Now my name has spread across the country. So I feel very happy."

Lu has been criticised on the internet and accused of using her grandfather but he insists the experience has put a spring in his step. Lu says the two are now closer than ever. They don’t have firm plans for the future, but Lu says as long as her grandfather is happy and healthy, he will carry on as the face of her business.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program