Liu Qianping was visiting his 24-year-old granddaughter in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou recently when the women’s clothes the aspiring fashion entrepreneur was packing into boxes caught his eye.

His visit came as the model that granddaughter Lu Ting and four friends had booked for a photo shoot to promote their online fashion business suddenly canceled, dealing a setback to their new venture.

But Liu, a 72-year-old former farmer visiting to escape the chilly winter of central Hunan province, stepped in to help.

“I walked into the room and saw them packing up some clothes and I thought they looked quite interesting and quite cute,” Liu told Reuters.

“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?’”

It was at that time two weeks ago that a star was born.

Liu, known affectionately as “MaDiGaGa” – funny elderly – is now one of China’s most recognized models…

Liu, who traveled to Shanghai with his daughter for the first time last week after they were invited to appear on television, said he had been approached by other companies to model for them but had turned them down…

Ting has been criticized on the Internet and accused of using her grandfather, but he insists the experience has put a spring in his step and she says they are now closer than ever.

Cripes. He’s doing better than me. The only time I’ve been asked to be photographed was as a potential grandfatherly motorcycle gang-type in a prison movie.



  1. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    An employment opportunity for many here at DU?

  2. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    This ought to set them even further back.

  3. Dallas says:

    Good for him ! He looks quite dapper in those.

  4. kjb434 says:

    Better be careful, the Chinese and their government don’t look to kindly to cross-dressers, drag queens, or trannies…Even if you aren’t one, dressing like one could mean “two to the head”.

  5. Not My Type says:

    Why he looks like Mr. Wilberforce Claybourne Humphries!

    Without googling, do you know to whom I’m referring?

    • kjb434 says:

      Is that a reference to Mr. Humphries from Are You Being Served? I didn’t know his full name. LOL

      Love that show.

  6. noname says:

    So a closeted 72 year-old Drag Queen comes out of the closet, literately.

    What the news, interesting pictures?

  7. noname says:

    Eideard, you look awesome in red stockings!

    • pedro says:

      If you combine all 3 photos in one person, you start to get close to the real dimensions.

  8. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Meanwhile real news keeps happening somewhere else:

    Unexpected data from the Large Hadron Collider suggest the collisions may be producing a new type of matter

    http://phys.org/news/2012-11-unexpected-large-hadron-collider-collisions.html#jCp

    Still unknown is if the theorized liquid-like wave of gluons, known as color-glass condensate in proton proton collisions, is related in these lead proton collisions…or the sea of glass before the throne of God:

    And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: (Rev 4:6 KJV)

  9. Captain Obvious says:

    What can I say? He totally rocks it.

  10. Alfie says:

    I’d hit that.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      You, captain and Dallas obviously would.

      Why did you feel the need to state what we already know? You can only “come out” once, right?

      Perhaps there are multiple comings out, what do I know?

  11. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Talking to yourself again?

  12. Captain Obvious says:

    Right now there are 3 billion women who are jealous of his thighs.

  13. sargasso_c says:

    Quality time.

  14. Roasted Eagle says:

    Isn’t this like a TEN YEAR OLD+ STORY!?

    I know I remember seeing it, or one like it a LONG TIME AGO!

    • noname says:

      This is not about a 10 yr old, it a 72-year-old story.

      And, yes this is stale news again, very very stale!

      Eideard and all of DU for that matter, treats all news as frozen food and they only know how to serve reheated stories. DU hasn’t been trained to gather fresh ingredients, cook with fresh meat and serve fresh stories!