Wang Suzhong, an 88-year-old man from Chengdu province, China, was disowned by his family for pursuing a career in nude art modeling.
Wang, while speaking with Pear Video, detailed how he hard he struggled back in 2012 before becoming a nude model. According to Shanghaiist via Medium, he was, at the time, barely getting by, living alone on his 700 yuan ($110) a month pension.
Unable to fully provide for himself on such a small allowance, Wang knew he needed a job to make ends meet. A local college offered modeling gigs; Wang, intrigued, decided to apply.
As said in the report, a model normally makes 70 yuan ($11) per day for modeling with clothes on. Those who choose to do it in the nude, however, will receive an extra 30 yuan ($4) in addition to their base pay. Needing any extra cash he could get, Wang went for the latter.
His decision proved to be quite beneficial for him, as Wang earned more money and even made new friends along the way. His quality of life improved tremendously.
Once alone, he now spends eight hours in school every day. Teachers, as well as students, are always very kind to him, buying him food and talking to him during their breaks. Wang also likes to walk around the room and check out the students’ drawing of him, which he believes to be tasteful, citing proclamations made by Mao Zedong and the state media.
Some might buckle under that type of pressure, but not Wang — he’s accepted his children’s view on him. He’s resolved to continue doing nude art modeling, as he’s found his purpose in life, companions to talk to, and a reason to stay physically fit.
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