Modelling class for senior citizens breaks fashion show stereotype

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  • Thursday, 05 Apr 2018

Fashion forward: Han teaching her students how to do a runway walk at Harbin Elder University. — China Daily/Asia News Network

Harbin: At the start of the new semester, Harbin Elder University welcomed its new students.

A new course in male fashion modelling attracted much attention. Every Monday morning, 34 students, who on average are older than 60, enter the classroom, all dressed in white shirts, black trousers and black leather shoes.

“Most people believe fashion shows are for women, so I worried that there would not be enough students,” teacher Han Ming said.

Before the first class on March 5, only 18 students signed up. But the class performance did not disappoint.

“The students’ upright postures and confident expressions attracted lots of other students from neighbouring classrooms,” Han said.

“Nine of them decided to join our class immediately.”

After four classes, the group has grown to 34 students, reaching the class size limit.

“Some of my neighbours couldn’t understand why such an old man would choose to learn modelling,” said Feng Yishun, 78, the oldest student in the class.

“I don’t care. This can bring me both physical fitness and a good mood. That is my goal,” he added.

Xin Debin, 66, said he greatly enjoyed the class.

“I come to the university almost every day for classes, which makes my life rich and full,” he said.

“I just want to tell my peers that it’s never too late to start your dream.” — China Daily/Asia News Network

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