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Ageless Fashion – China’s “Goddess Granny” Huang Yanzhen

The 73-year-old Huang Yanzhen from Xiamen has become a media sensation in China. With her unique style and young spirit, she is a fashion inspiration to many.

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The 73-year-old Huang Yanzhen from Xiamen has become a media sensation in China. With her unique style and young spirit, she is a fashion inspiration to many. Chinese photographer Xiaoye Jessie captured her charm in a photoshoot that became a hit on Chinese social media.

The 73-year-old Huang Yanzhen (黄炎贞) has become a Chinese internet celebrity after her fashion photos were shared amongst netizens, who nicknamed her “Goddess Granny” (女神奶奶).

“Age is nothing but a number,” is what Huang told Chinese media.

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The fashionista stood out when she participated in China’s Second Qipao Competition in Xiamen in December of 2015 (the qipao is a traditional, stylish one-piece Chinese gown). She also played in the short movie “Remember the Younger Years” (忆芳华).

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Her story drew the attention of photographer Xiaoye Jessie (@小野杰西), who made the series of photos that became popular on Chinese media.

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They shot over 1000 photos, and although the process was tiring, Huang said she found it important to do because she wanted to show that “the lives of China’s elder people can still be brilliant,” and that they have the right to “pursue their dreams and lead the lives they want to live”.

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Earlier this year, photographer Xiaoye Jessie also shared a photo shoot with a male older model on his Weibo account.

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According to photographer Xiaoye Jessie, as he wrote in his blog: “If life is like a book, then age is like a page number. When opening every new page and reading it, it will always bring people new surprises.”

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– By Manya Koetse

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Shanghai Disney’s Crystal Castle Sold for RMB 1.8 Million

Shanghai Disney’s cherished object was sold off to the “dirty rich.”

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Who’d spend RMB 1.8 million on a small crystal Disney castle? For most Weibo commenters, it’s just a castle in the air.

Almost three years after Shanghai Disney first opened its doors, its sparkling ‘enchanted storybook’ crystal castle has now been sold for RMB 1.8 million ($276.500).

The minitiature bling bling castle has been an eyecatcher and a much-photographed object at the Disney resort.

Today, the hashtag “1.8 Million Shanghai Disney Crystal Castle Sold” (#迪士尼180万水晶城堡被买走#) went trending on Sina Weibo with some 180 million views, with many people wondering what kind of person would spend so much money on a decorative crystal castle.

According to a Weibo user, the castle was bought by a “tuhao” (土豪), Chinese slang for a “dirty rich” or extravagantly wealthy person (more info).

“Even if was RMB 180 [$27], I still wouldn’t be able to afford it,” a popular comment said.

“I went there just some days ago and was joking about whether someone would actually ever buy it – now it’s sold!”

“I’m happy I was still able to see it [before it was sold],” many commenters write, with hundreds of people sharing their own photos of the little castle. In 2017 alone, the park attracted 11 million visitors.

For the same price of the small crystal castle, the buyer could have visited the park 3706 times during high season (a peak season entrance ticket is priced at RMB 499/$75).

The display where the crystal palace was shined now shows a bronze statue of Frozen.

By Manya Koetse

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Digitalizing China’s Beauty Industry: Introducing Supermakeup’s ‘Beauty Charging Stations’

Are ‘makeup charging stations’ the next trend in China’s beauty industry?

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You’re on the road and need a skin, make-up, or hair fix-up before your next appointment, but have no time for a spa session and would rather avoid dirty toilet rooms? These are the kinds of situations that Beijing’s Supermakeup company has claimed to have found the solution for.

With its ‘beauty charging stations’ in public urban spaces, the Supermakeup company is trying to launch a new kind of beauty industry where women can use their self-service ‘spa booths’ and make-up product stores in the middle of a street or shopping mall.

Access to the booths is provided through the Supermakeup app or via its WeChat programme, and payment of products and access is done via WeChat Pay.

The Supermakeup Company (北京超级美科技有限公司) was established in March of 2018 and is headquartered in Beijing.

Will this be the big next trend that will further digitalize China’s beauty industry? We tried it out for you, check out our latest video below.

By Manya Koetse 

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