TAIPEI (The China Post) — Following in the footsteps of senior Taiwanese influencer Moon Lin, Wan Ji and Sho-Er, an elderly couple from Taichung, have become an overnight sensation on Instagram.
Their account, which was created less than a month ago, has already accumulated more than 50,000 followers, of which over 14,500 followers are foreigners.
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WOW！！！50,000 Followers！謝謝每一個喜歡的大家！❤️ 上週才好不容易讓萬吉秀娥弄懂了10,000個人追蹤＝10,000個人訂報紙的道理（因為老人家不懂得什麼叫追蹤，只好這樣解釋），然後剛剛馬上跟他們說今天已經50,000人訂報紙了！而且裡面有超過14,500人是外國人，萬吉的瞬間不是大笑，而是問：「那以後怎麼辦？我講台語他們聽的懂嗎？」 真的很意外大家喜歡萬吉和秀娥！在滿1萬人的時候，因為看見他們這兩週因為開心帶來的改變，我（孫子）超級感動，真的很想謝謝大家，就自掏腰包做了幾個小小小禮物送給大家，結果…做的都還沒寄來，就變成5萬了啊！大家願意等一下下嗎…雖然只有幾個，但到時候不管抽到的人是在這個世界的哪一個地方，我一定會用最快的快遞寄給你表達我的感謝！ WOW! ! ! 50,000 Followers! Thank you everyone who likes it. Last week, Wan Ji & Sho-Er finally figured out what means by 10,000 followers = 10,000 people subscribing to newspapers (because the elderly actually don't know what “follower” is. I had to explain it this way) I told them that 50,000 people have subscribed to their newspaper today, and there are more than 14,500 people who are from other countries. At that moment, it was really funny that the reaction of Wanji was worried instead of happy. He asked, "What will happen after that? Do they understand if I speak Taiwanese?" It’s really surprising that everyone likes Wanji and Sho-Er. When it reached 10,000 followers, I (as a grandson) was so touched by the sudden change and experience in our lives in the past two weeks. I would like express our gratitude in a special way. I decided to prepare some small gifts to our fans. but …unexpectedly, before the gifts were able to be delivered to my house, it turns into 50,000 followers. Please wait for a while…although I only prepare a few gifts. I will randomly draw a few lucky fans. No matter where in the world our fans are, I will send the gift to you by the fastest express delivery to express my gratitude. #萬秀洗衣店 #萬秀的洗衣店 #wantshowasyoung #grandparents – – – _ #mixandmatch #clothes #ootd #wiw #instafashion #style #fashion #couple #夫婦 #80代 #grandma #grandpa #femmefuture #classyvision #vintage #古着 #コーディネート #love #laundry #outfits
These followers are also sharing the couples’ retro outfits on Reddit and other social media platforms, making them one of the most trendy and charming couples in the world.
Wanji and Sho-Er, aged 83, 84, have been married for 60 years. They have run “Wan Sho Laundry” in Taichung’s countryside for nearly 70 years.
However, the grandson couldn’t bear to see his grandma and grandpa getting bored at work, and wanted to make use of the many clothes that customers have abandoned in the shop of the last decades.
To this end, he decided to create an Instagram account for grandparents through which he shared their daily outfits.
Surprisingly, the old couple’s retro-chic photos have become an Internet sensation, attracting more and more fans.
In one of the photos, grandma is wearing a leather hat, a white and brown outfit, and Loafersshoes, which echoes her grandfather’s white shirt and black shoes.
In response to the chic pictures, many commented: “They are so adorable!”
Besides, the couple’s clothes are open for sale, helping old clothes find new owners!
Also, to help his grandparents understand what IG “followers” means, the grandson used an analogy, saying: “10,000 followers equals 10,000 people subscribing to a newspaper.”
On Tuesday, the number of followers exceeded 70,000, and the grandparents recorded a special video on Instagram to say thank you in Chinese, English, and Japanese.
“Even at 84, Wanji and Sho-Er can still be as young,” the bio reads.