The members of the group of Chinese model grandmothers « Glamma Beijing » recorded a video walking through the streets of the central Beijing financial district in traditional costumes. August 13, 2020. . / Tingshu Wang (Tingshu Wang /)

BEIJING, Aug 13 (.) – Four famous model grandmothers removed their masks during a walk through the streets of Beijing on Thursday to show that life is beginning to return to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Glamma Beijing, a group of four women who met in a modeling training course after retiring 20 years ago, became a sensation in China last year.

A 15-second video of them walking in Sanlitun, one of Beijing’s busiest commercial districts, wearing traditional qipao dresses and huge fringe hoops, was viewed more than 50 million times in one day, according to local media.

Since then, Lin Wei, Wang Xinghuo, Sun Yang, and Wang Nianwen, all over the age of 60, have enjoyed dressing up and performing on the Douyin short video platform to gain « likes. »

« Your life is gray if you are always afraid of aging and death, » said Lin Wei, 64, explaining her philosophy on getting older and her enthusiasm for dressing up and putting on makeup in style.

« You are old, you have wrinkles, you do not have much energy or your figure declines. But that is something you cannot fight, so you must face it with positivity, » he added.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when the group had to stay home, they re-created videos about their lifestyle. They now have over a million followers on Douyin.

On Thursday, the elegant grandmothers, as they call themselves in Mandarin, attracted attention by walking in qipaos during a stroll down a street they used as a walkway in the busy Guomao district of central Beijing.

« Beauty is in all ages, » said Liu Jing, a passerby. « You can be young and stylish, or feminine. And you can also be elegant like these grandmothers, » she added.

(Reporting by Fang Nanlin and Martin Quin Pollard; written by Karishma Singh; edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)