TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—People usually don’t associate weightlifting with skin care product endorsement. But that’s what Taiwan’s world weightlifting record holder Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) did for a German luxury skin care brand on Thursday.
Kuo broke a 10-year-old world record and defeated the defending Olympic champion in the women’s weightlifting 58kg weight class to win a gold medal at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade, which concluded about a week ago.
On a short stint to endorse the skin care brand, Kuo showed up at a news conference in Taipei, wearing a blue shoulder-baring dress and high heels and projecting a graceful image that was a far cry from that of a weightlifting athlete.
As she looked like she was wearing a wedding gown, reporters were curious about how she will look like at her wedding ceremony. Answering questions in this regard, the weightlifting champion told reporters that the first thing that came into her head was, “If my coach will cry when he sees what I look like,” adding, “After all he has been treating me like his daughter.”
In response, Kuo's coach Lin Jing-neng (林敬能) said that the ban on her falling in love before the age of 25 has been extended to before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics .
With regard to the attire, Kuo said everybody’s impression of her was the athlete side of her and that she rarely had a chance to dress up like that, adding that she was so shy today.
As weightlifting athletes usually have broader shoulders, Kuo said she has had no confidence in wearing shoulder-baring clothes. She added, as she had the beautiful dress and hair makeup to go with, she hoped she could present a different side of her to the public.
When asked if she felt comfortable wearing high heels, she said, “I have to walk slowly for fear of having a fall.”
Kuo's coach Lin Jing-neng.