Huang Yanzhen: The Latest Septuagenarian China Fashion Icon

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She’s been trending on and off Sina Weibo since September 5, with wide news coverage from the Far China Daily East to the Western Daily Mail East Coast: Huang Yanzhen, aka the Granny Goddess. A quick @Regrann – how befitting.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POST IS BASED ON AN ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN CHINESE BY HENAN CHINA DAILY ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2016. ENGLISH TRANSLATION, INTERPRETATION AND ADDITIONAL EDITING BY ELSBETH VAN PARIDON.

This September celebrates septuagenarian Huang, who at 73 is proving to China’s younger generations that elegance and beauty can last beyond a mere five decades.

Octogenarian lace-loving fashion mavens, 72-year-old grandfathers modeling womenswear, 85-year-old granddads dressed to the nines in three-piece suits and elderly couples documenting their 64th wedding anniversaries on snappy fashioncam… China has met the odd Hepburn, Onassis, Dietrich postergirl/-boy. This September celebrates septuagenarian Huang, who at 73 is proving to China’s younger generations that elegance and beauty can last beyond a mere five decades.

From the back, she can pass for a woman 25 years less of age and when she turns her head to face the camera, what we see are not the ups and downs of life after a few decades, but a well-established equilibrium of self-confidence and elegance. In a flash of faint and fading mind, I couldn’t tell if calling her “grandma” would befit this appearance. This 73-year-old swaying down catwalk wearing a qipao has garnered national praise and pride. Huang is trending.

看背影胜似少女,身材匀称;转过身,岁月在她脸上留下的并不是沧桑,而是自信和优雅。一瞬间恍惚,竟不知叫她“奶奶”合不合适。73 岁穿旗袍走秀,勇夺全国大奖,黄炎贞走红。

This new China Fashion icon is in no hurry whatsoever; it’s all about steadfast and gentle purity.

Huang is a Fujian Province native who now resides in Xiamen. In January of this year, she was handpicked from qipao-wearing contestants from all over the world and invited to fly into Beijing and participate in an award ceremony held at the official CPPCC Auditorium. She rapidly became known as “China’s most fashionable grandmother”. A mere five months onwards, in June 2016, Huang was booked to shoot a Xiamen editorial with fashion photographer Jesse. That very same Xiaoye “Jesse” (aka Ding Guoliang) who also captured his aforementioned 85-year-old farmer grandfather on camera wearing some snazzy ensembles – you can review this photo-opp in Temper’s “Style Never Gets Old” post. Fashion has come full circle, you might say.

她叫黄炎贞,福建罗源人,现居厦门。2016 年 1 月从全球各地旗袍佳丽中被选出,应邀到北京的政协礼堂参加颁奖典礼,被称为“中国最懂时尚的奶奶”,而真正将她带到人前的,则是今年 6 月,由厦门知名 时尚摄影师小野杰西 拍摄的一组时尚大片。

So what does our latest septuagenarian granny catwalk queen have to say about all this qipao hoopla coming her way? “I may be 73 of age, but I certainly do not feel old.” And this new China Fashion icon is in no hurry whatsoever; it’s all about that steadfast gentle purity.

70 多岁穿旗袍走秀,勇夺全国大奖。黄炎贞说:“我今年 73 岁了,可我不觉得自己老。”语速不疾不徐,柔美中透着坚定。

My fair Huang lady, if you please… The stage is yours!

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Photos: Xiaoye Jesse.

Visit Jesse’s Sina Weibo: @小野杰西

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