The most fashionable couples in Taiwan these days are neither young celebrities nor influencers of teenagers-they are a duo in their eighties, operating a unisex laundry service, and building waste clothes. Model and cause online sensation.
Chang Wanji, 83-year-old wife and 84-year-old wife Xu Shou'er have attracted nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram following the trendy fashion portraits with sharp attitudes in the past month.
They even featured Claire in the Taiwan version of "Vogue" and "Marie".
The couple washed clothes for decades in a small town near the center of Taichung.
For many years, customers have forgotten or failed to collect pairs of clothes. The couple never felt they could throw them away.
31-year-old Grandson Reef Chang thought of using clothes to relieve the couple’s boredom Thoughts.
"My grandpa and grandma were staring at others on the street because business was not good," he told AFP. "I want to find a new thing they like to do."
The pair appeared naturally in front of the camera.
"Modeling these clothes made me feel 30 years younger," AFP visited
"A lot of people told me that "you are famous now and look young" ;."
So does Xu.
"I'm older, but my heart is not big, she said. "I like to wear beautiful clothes and go out and have fun. "
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When she was modeling other people’s clothes, Xu Zhiqing remembered that there were many forgotten clothes in her wardrobe,
"I even found out that I bought 30 years ago Some of the clothes I can still wear now. she says.
The couple’s Instagram account @wantshowasyoung is managed by the grandson Reef.
Chang currently only uses the Line SMS app to make free calls, but Reef said his grandfather is keen to learn how to make perfect Instagram posts.
The account initially began to spread abroad, and only in the past week, after the success of major international media, about 400,000 new fans began to follow.
Reef said that he translated and read out fan emails from all over the world.
"We are very moved by these news," he told AFP, "Many people said that "Wantshowasyoung" was the first good news they saw here. He added:
This The worldwide fame of the couple also prompted some forgetful customers to buy old clothes, and some local fans also began to visit their sleepy town to see the store.  This store was named "Manshou", which is The combination of the middle characters of their Chinese names.
This couple got married in an arranged marriage sixty years ago.
It is often said that he had considered retirement, but Since the washing machine reduces the labor intensity of the laundry industry, it is decided to continue working as much as possible.
"The elderly should continue to exercise and stay active, otherwise we will age faster. . . When I'm at work and busy, I don't have time to worry," he said.
It is often said that he has lost his count of how many clothes have not been collected in the store for decades. But he thinks there are at least 400 items at present.
Over the years, many people have donated to charities and poor families.
The couple hope to use their new social media influence to promote the "environmental protection" concept fashion".
"Instead of following "fast fashion", but continue to buy new product clothing, we hope people can see that if you organize and combine in new ways, old and second-hand clothes will be fashionable." Reef Chang Say.
"This will reduce the damage to the earth and the environment." ©2020 AFP