A 70-year-old man in Kunming entertains crowds of onlookers every weekend by dressing up as a glam grandma and putting on dance performances at popular public spots, a gig that he said began with a desire to fulfill his mother’s wish of having a daughter.
The performer, surnamed Li, collects plastic bottles and sell them for a small revenue during the week. During the weekends however, you’ll find him dancing in local parks, near the lake and at the Golden Temple. For the past 10 years, locals and tourists have enjoyed watching his performances and taking pictures with him.
Li, who was born in 1944, reportedly decided on his 60th birthday that he wanted to switch up his image by wearing women’s clothes, high heels and long braids in his hair.
Li said his 90-year-old mother had always wanted a daughter, and since she only has two sons, he decided to take matters into his own hands and deliver her a bit of amusement. He explained that he wanted his elderly mother “to live without regrets” and that “wearing women’s clothes does not only make myself happy, but also allows for more people to be happy”.
His neighbors describe him as a very easy-going and optimistic person. Ever since Li decided to get rid of his men’s clothes, the neighborhood kids have called him “grandma”. These photos were taken on April 5, when he was performing in the Green Lake Park.
[Images via ChinaNews]
By Evelien van der Veer