Just last year, at the ripe age of 79, he made an appearance at China Fashion Week in Beijing, making a splash so big that he’s still booking jobs because of it.
He was born in 1936 in northeastern China, and when he was 24 years old, became a stage actor. Needless to say, that wasn’t a popular profession where he grew up, so that in and of itself was a big risk.
HIs work as a mime led him to train and coach models. One of the models he coached much later in life became an employee at a fashion house and invited, decades later, Wang to strut his stuff on the catwalk for their 2016 fashion show.
The reception was huge and overwhelmingly positive. Outlets, for obvious reasons, have described him as both “glorious” and “an adonis.” Much of the credit can be given to a practice he invented earlier in his career called “living sculpture,” a form of silent performance.
For the next step in his career, decades ago, he gained fame in Beijing as a performer and found his way to Germany, France, and South Korea. He would paint his body and sit for hours at a time, a skill that would be invaluable in modeling.
If you’re wondering about his body, he continues to work on it…well, like it’s his job. He was spending 4 hours per day lifting and exercising when he was 50, and that dedication hasn’t wavered one bit.