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I aim to stay in shape for as long as possible

By Cao Yin | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-04-27 09:28

Jiang Wenqin (right) with her granddaughter. CHINA DAILY

Jiang Wenqin, 89, from Sanming city, Fujian province, East China

Every month, I visit a hair salon which is two bus stops from my home. I like pretty hairstyles because they make me feel happy.

Since I retired in 1988, having my hair done has become a monthly routine. If I don't do it, I feel as though I am missing something.

I have my own demands for clothing, too. All my clothes must be high-quality garments, so many of them are custom-made items, such as suits and qipao, the traditional one-piece, body-hugging Chinese dress.

My children once bought me some clothes from online shops, but I wasn't satisfied with the quality or the style. I insist on going to a dressmaker in the city, because the staff members are familiar with me and my tastes.

When I am ready to go out, I have to look in a mirror at the door for some time, making sure my hair is neatly combed and my outfit is properly coordinated.

I won't leave until I can give everything full marks.

I don't want to leave an unclean, frowzy and senile impression on passersby, so I always do my best to be energetic.

In November, I had some photos taken with my granddaughter at a studio in Sanming, Fujian province.

To make myself look better, I put on some makeup and selected six sets of my own clothes. I was excited because the day took me back to my youth.

Although I can never be as young as my granddaughter, I can be pretty. Beauty, I think, has nothing to do with age.

I always tell myself to hold my head high and keep my back straight when I'm walking outside or taking a bus.

I want to stay in good shape for as many years as possible, especially as I want the tailor-made clothes to always be a perfect fit.

Staying pretty is important for older women, as it can put us in a good state of mind that helps us better face trivial things in life and solve problems with a positive attitude.

I'm pursuing beauty, but I don't follow fashion blindly.

Jiang Wenqin spoke with Cao Yin.

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