Despite being almost the same height as Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming, Wang Qiang has led a very different life. Where one is a multimillionaire global celebrity, the other lives on the streets of Foshan, his only option to try and sell his massive frame as advertising space.
The 2.26m (7ft 4in) tall Wang is originally from Chongqing, but moved to Foshan when he read in the papers that a Foshan company had hired another “giant” as a security guard for 100,000 RMB a year. However, when he arrived in Guangdong he was unable to find work, and soon found himself homeless with less than 100 RMB to his name.
On the 25th of September Wang struck upon the idea of using his own body as an impromptu billboard and began walking the streets of Foshan with a sign on his chest reading:
I am a giant.
I need to eat.
I want a job.
He told anyone interested that he was willing to rent out his body to advertisers; many passersby gave him money whilst others bought the “giant” food and water. One particularly charitable individual, recognising that Wang had sight as well as mobility problems, helped lead him to Sanshui Square and stood with him for over an hour whilst he tried to find work. Eventually security officers arrived and, as is frequently the case in China, they failed to have even the modicum of compassion or community spirit and forced Wang to move on.
Shanghaiist previously reported on the world’s tallest woman, Yao Defen, who was also desperately in need of money, in her case to treat the tumour that was causing her gigantism.