Taiwan’s trendiest couple today are neither younger celebrities nor teen influencers — they’re an octogenarian duo who run a mom-and-pop laundry service and have turn out to be a web-based sensation by modelling deserted garments.
Chang Wan-ji, 83, and his spouse Hsu Sho-er, 84, have racked up almost 600,000 followers on Instagram during the last month as their attitude-filled vogue portraits went viral.
They’ve even been featured within the Taiwanese version of Vogue and Marie Claire.
The couple have run a laundry for many years in a small city close to the central metropolis of Taichung.
Through the years, prospects have both forgotten or failed to gather reams of clothes that the couple by no means felt capable of throw away.
Grandson Reef Chang, 31, come across the concept of utilizing the garments to alleviate the couple’s boredom.
“My grandpa and grandma had been staring blankly on the streets as a result of enterprise wasn’t good,” he instructed AFP. “I needed to search out one thing new they might get pleasure from doing.”
The pair had been naturals in entrance of the digital camera.
“Modelling these garments makes me really feel 30 years youthful,” beamed Chang, when AFP paid a go to to the shop earlier this week.
“Many individuals are telling me ‘You might be well-known now and also you look youthful’.”
Hsu felt so, too.
“I’m outdated in age however my coronary heart is just not ageing,” she mentioned. “I wish to placed on fairly garments and exit to have some enjoyable.”
– Worldwide fame –
It was whereas modelling different individuals’s clothes, Hsu got here to do not forget that she additionally had many forgotten outfits in her closet which she has since rediscovered.
“I even discovered some garments I purchased 30 years in the past and I can nonetheless put on them. It is a blissful shock,” she mentioned.
The couple’s Instagram account — @wantshowasyoung — is managed by grandson Reef.
Chang at the moment solely makes use of the Line messaging app to make free telephone calls however Reef says his grandfather is eager to discover ways to make the proper Instagram submit.
The account first began going viral overseas and round 400,000 new followers have began following previously week alone after main worldwide media picked up on their success.
Reef mentioned he interprets and reads out fan mail pouring in from everywhere in the world.
“We’re very moved by the messages,” he instructed AFP, “Many individuals are saying that ‘Wantshowasyoung’ is the primary blissful information they’ve seen on this darkish 12 months marred by the Covid-19 pandemic and issues in lots of international locations,” he added.
The couple’s worldwide fame has additionally prompted a couple of forgetful prospects to choose up outdated garments, whereas some native followers have began visiting their sleepy city to see the shop.
The store is known as “Wan Sho” — a mixture of the center character of their Chinese language names.
– Re-use garments –
The couple tied the knot in an organized marriage six a long time in the past, a apply then frequent in Taiwan.
Chang mentioned he had considered retiring however determined to remain on so long as he can because the laundry enterprise has turn out to be much less labour-intensive because of machines.
“Aged individuals ought to preserve transferring and stay lively or we’ll age quicker… When I’m working and being stored busy, I haven’t got time to fret,” he mentioned.
Chang says he has misplaced depend of what number of clothes have gone uncollected in his store over the a long time however he thinks there are at the very least 400 objects in the meanwhile.
Many extra have been donated to charities and impoverished households through the years.
The couple hope to make use of their new social media clout to advertise the idea of “environmental vogue”.
“As a substitute of following ‘quick vogue’ and preserve shopping for new garments, we hope individuals can see that outdated and second-hand garments might be modern in the event you prepare and mix them in new methods,” mentioned Reef Chang.
“This might trigger much less harm to the earth and the setting.”
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