Grandpa and first time model slays the runway

It’s always good to see someone breaking down the stereotypes, and that’s exactly what Chinese grandfather Wang Deshun is doing.

The 80-year-old recently made his first appearance as a runway model and absolutely smashed it!

Wang’s debut was during Chinese Fashion Week, and with such charm and charism, he quickly found himself attached to the title of ‘China’s hottest grandpa’.

“It’s about your state of mind. It’s not about age,” Wang says.

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“Nature determines age, but you determine your state of mind.

Starts at 60 thinks Wang cuts a fine figure on the catwalk, and proves age really is just a number.

" Soy Wang Deshun. Soy nativo de la ciudad de Shenyang. Un desfile en una pasarela hizo que mucha gente me conociera. Algunos me dicen que soy "el señor mayor más guapo que hay", algunos dicen que me hice famoso de la noche a la mañana. ¿Pero sabes? Para este día, me he estado preparando durante 60 años. A los 24 me hice actor de teatro. A los 44 empecé a estudiar inglés. A los 49 creé el arte pantomímico centrado en poses esculturales. Llegué a Pekín y me convertí en un "Beipiao" (personas que se desplazan a Beijing procedentes de otras provincias) sin casa ni coche, partiendo de cero. A los 50, fui al gimnasio, y empecé a hacer ejercicio. A los 57, volví a la escena, y creé una forma de arte llamada escultura viva. A los 70 comencé a trabajar los músculos abdominales con constancia. A los 79, aparecí en la pasarela. Ahora tengo 80 años, y aún, aún tengo sueños. Creéme, las posibilidades se pueden explotar. Cuando dices que es demasiado tarde, ten cuidado, eso solo será la excusa para rendirte. Nadie puede impedir tu éxito, excepto tú mismo. Cuando lo muestres, no dudes en ti mismo. Soy Wang Deshun. Soy el hombre más guay del Nordeste de China" 💥 ADMIRABLE!!! 💥 #teamlifit #fit #fitfam #fitfood #fitgirl #fitness #fitnessfood #fitnessgirl #fitnesslegs #legsday #fitnessaddict #fitnessandhealth #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #bbg #bbgfam #bbgfitfam #instafitness #instafit #bbgmadrid #vidasana #dieta #macros #fitnessmotivation #muscle #amixesp #wangdeshun

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Having turned 80 in September, Wang says he’s happy to break down barriers and is determined to avoid mental and physical stagnation. He says he works out about 3 hours each day, and has taken great delight in destabilising what it means to ‘be old’ in China.

It’s worth noting that in China ‘old age’ begins quite early. The legal retirement age for women in China is around 50 for workers and 55 for civil servants, while most men retire at the age of 60. Not Wang Deshun!

“One way to tell if you’re old or not is to ask yourself ‘Do you dare try something you’ve never done before”‘” he says.

The term ‘yeye’ (grandpa) is something Wang has been unable to escape, and is often a statement of respect for the older generation in China. Wang Deshun has two children and a grandchild, but he has also received praise and admiration from outside the family, especially on social media and from around the world.

How do you feel when someone over-60 is highlighted for ‘breaking the barrier’ about old age? How are you shattering stereotypes in your 60s and beyond?