*No need to hate. Congratulate! Known as “China’s hottest grandpa,” Wang Deshun is far from your average paw-paw. He just turned 80, and had a bangin’ birthday party, where he also served as DJ. The photo above shows him in action last year as he strutted for China Fashion Week in Beijing.
We hear he cranked up the techno music at his party last September, and looked good in a crisp white shirt and black jeans. Laughingly he told his guests, “I should wear a long robe, with the word ‘longevity’ embroidered on the front. Two young maidens should help me into an old-style wooden chair,” he said as he pretended to need assistance walking.
Obviously, Mr. Wang doesn’t spend his time sitting around in some rocking chair on the porch. As a actor, model and artist he also exercises daily and is hoping to change China’s view of what it means to be a “senior.”
You may not have known, but in China one is considered old even earlier than in the States. For example, their retirement age for female workers is 50 (66 in the U.S.). For civil servants, 55; and 60 for most men.
Elders do garner a certain level of respect in China, and even if they have no offspring they may be referred to as grandpa or grandma — “yeye” or “nainai.”
It’s doubtful Mr. Wang has any problems with being called “yeye.” After all, he has two children and a 2-year-old granddaughter. He explains the difference in his viewpoint on aging in a recent interview at a hotel in Beijing.
“One way to tell if you’re old or not is to ask yourself, ‘Do you dare try something you’ve never done before?’ ”
“Nature determines age, but you determine your state of mind,” he said.
And its not like “grandpa” hasn’t gotten his share of kudos from admirers.
“Grandpa, you’re my idol!” one of them wrote on Mr. Wang’s Weibo social media account, where thousands of others chimed in similarly.
“Grandpa, your stomach is so gorgeous! Incredibly handsome!” another person wrote next to a photo of Mr. Wang, topless in a gym, his skin smooth and pectorals buff.
Mr. Wang is certainly an inspiration. And to those growing old too fast he has this advice.
“People can change their life as many times as they wish. Having a goal is important. Being mentally healthy means you know what you’re going to do. For example, a vegetable vendor, when he wakes up, he has a goal, he works hard. And when he finishes, he feels fulfilled.”
Hmm…you may be wondering what’s next for this man that has been named “Old fresh meat,” by his legions of followers.
“Parachuting!” he promises.
Watch Mr. Wang in action below: