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Xiamen School Gets In Students’ Hair, Bans Long Hair and Fringes

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At one Xiamen school, boys cannot have hair longer than 6 mm, and girls cannot wear bangs. If students have naturally curly or light hair, they need medical documents to prove it.

The school rules of one school in the Chinese city of Xiamen have become a trending topic on Weibo. According to the rules of the Xiamen Commerce and Tourism School (厦门工商旅游学校), male students are not allowed to have hair longer than 6 mm, while girls cannot wear bangs.

Students are also not allowed to curl or dye their hair. The rules are so strict, that those with naturally curly or light hair need a document from the local hospital that proves it is natural.

The school rules, reported by The Paper on August 31, became a much-talked about topic on Sina Weibo when one student netizen recently complained about them, saying that new students would not get registered unless they cut their hair: “I feel this is an infringement of my personal rights.”

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New students who came to the school to register were shocked to discover they would not be able to enroll unless they immediately got a haircut.

According to a school employees who spoke to The Paper, the vocational school maintains these strict hairstyle rules with the future of the students in mind, not just because standardized haircuts are more welcomed by companies, but also because the school needs to guide students who “lack proper aesthetic values”.

On Weibo, the strict rules have triggered thousands of comments. The majority of netizens think the rules are ridiculous.

“6 mm hair is what you’d expect in prisons and in the army,” netizens say. “I bet it’s because the school director is bald,” one netizen responds.

“These school rules reflect the lack of individuality in Chinese schools,” one commenter writes.

“I just want to know – how is the hospital going to prove that your hair is naturally curly?”, another Weibo user comments.

Many people especially do not understand what is wrong with bangs: “What’s a schoolgirl without her fringe?!”

On the school’s official website, the Weibo hairstyle controversy has not been addressed. But one picture of the school’s sport’s team shows that for students who are already enrolled, the hairstyle rules are apparently less strict. Can you spot the fringe?

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– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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“Moonlight Fairy”, the 88-Year-Old Taiwan Grannie with a Unique Sense of Style

There is no age limit when it comes to style. This is something that is especially apparent when looking at the Taiwanese ‘Moonlight Fairy’, an 88-year-old grandmother with a unique sense of style.

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There is no age limit when it comes to style. This is something that is especially apparent when looking at the Taiwanese ‘Moonlight Fairy’, an 88-year-old grandmother with a unique sense of style.

The 88-year-old Linzhuang Yueli (林莊月里) from Taiwan likes to be called “Moonlight Fairy” (月光仙子). She has a mix and match fashion style that is more trendy than that of many people decades younger than her – she even makes oversized IKEA shopping bags and DHL tshirts look cool.

Photos of the grandmother, whose social media handle is ‘@moonlin0106’, were shared on Weibo by various fashion accounts, praising the woman’s cool style.

Moonlight Fairy currently has nearly 70,000 followers on her Instagram account, where she posted her first photo on May 15 this year.

Linzhuang likes to shop at second-hand stores and mixes various brands, but she especially has a preference for Adidas.

On Weibo, many people said: “I wanna look like this when I am that age.”

Some netizens also commented that a unique fashion style is not always understood. “I also bought that IKEA shirt and wore it,” one person said: “Then my teacher asked if I work there.”

Others also asked about where to buy clothes worn by Moonlight Fairy.

“I can only say: her style is extremely cool!”

By Manya Koetse

©2017 Whatsonweibo. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce our content without permission – you can contact us at info@whatsonweibo.com.

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From Stay-at-Home Dad to Fashion Designer – ‘Super Dad’ Rises to Fame

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He majored in International Business, but ended up as a stay-at-home dad with a talent for design. Qian Xiaofeng, who has created over a hundred outfits for his 5-year-old daughter, is rising to fame on Chinese social media as a children’s clothing designer.

From Disney princess dresses to little Chanel outfits, this Chinese stay-at-home dad can make almost everything. Having created over a hundred outfits for his 5-year-old daughter, including hair bands, necklaces, and brooches, ‘super dad’ Qian Xiaofeng (钱晓峰) is making his rounds on Chinese social media.

According to China’s Sohu News, Qian Xiaofeng first caught the attention of Chinese netizens when he started posting pictures of the designs for his daughter on WeChat about a year ago. Although he majored in International Business, Qian started to become interested in fashion when he first had a daughter.

Qian, a Shanghai resident, revealed to Sohu that he always had an artistic talent and wanted to study arts, but chose another path because his father thought International Business would give him better career opportunities.

After getting married and having his first child, Qian and his wife decided that since she had a flourishing career, he would take on the task of becoming a full-time father and take care of his daughter and the household.

At the start of his designer adventure, Qian only drew the designs for special theme outfits and let a crafty friend make the clothes. Eager to learn to sew himself, he then later took on a 6-month sewing course and now does everything himself.

Although many commenters on social media say that Qian’s daughter is lucky to have him as a father, Qian says he is the fortunate one; because of his daughter, he is finally doing what he really wants to do.

Qian says he started out this journey to give his daughter a “fairy-tale childhood.” Now, he hopes to turn his design into a brand that he can leave to his daughter when she grows up.

On Weibo, netizens hope that Qian Xiaofeng will soon expand his business. “The Christmas tree outfit is adorable, just sell it on Taobao,” a popular comment says.

Others also reply: “I want to make my kid happy this way, too!”

In the Sohu feature article, Qian also praises his wife for making it possible for him to pursue his new-found ambitions. As for the little girl – she is happy to wear her dad’s creations.

Some netizens doubt Qian’s motivation to create these dresses. “Actually, I think he is the one who wants to wear his own designs,” one person says: “His daughter has now become the Barbie doll he likes to dress.”

By Manya Koetse

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