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1 of 12. 72-year-old Liu Qianping, also known as ''MaDiGaGa'', poses during a modelling shoot in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou November 24, 2012. Liu was visiting his 24-year-old granddaughter, Lu Ting in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou one day when the women's clothes Lu was packing into boxes caught his eye. His visit came as the model that his granddaughter and four friends had booked for a photo shoot to promote their online fashion business suddenly cancelled, so, Liu, a 72-year-old former farmer visiting to escape the chilly winter of central Hunan province, stepped in to help. Picture taken November 24, 2012.
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By Stefanie McIntyre
GUANGZHOU, China |
Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:39pm EST
GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - 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.
Delighted with his new fame, Liu says he now sometimes looks at fashion program on television for ideas on how to pose but generally relies on Ting's team for direction.
He does, however, have his own opinions on styling.
"He will tell us which items should be stronger and what should be improved," Ting said.
"He really likes bright, contrasting colors while I prefer more tone-on-tone combinations. So he gives lots of advice when we try different combinations, so we have some very different styles."
Since her grandfather became involved, visits to their online site have increased four-fold and continue to rise.
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.
"I never dreamed of lucky things like these happening to me. Now, my name has spread to everywhere in the country," he said.
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.
"We have no firm plans on how long we will continue, it depends on my grandfather," Ting said. "If he is happy and his health is fine, we will keep using him as our model."
To see our TV version of this story please click on: http://here .
(This story has been refiled to fix link to TV item)
(Reporting by Stefanie McIntyre, editing by Elaine Lies and Anne Marie Roantree)
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