Youthful Hong Kong actress, 54, is ‘amazed’ she can still fit into a middle-school uniform as pictures show her looking like her teenage self
- Cantonese star Carman Lee was given the schoolwear by her alma mater
- She couldn’t help but feel astonished after putting on the uniform at home
- Pictures show the actress looking like her 17-year-old self in the white dress
- Ms Lee shocked her fans in August after revealing that she was 54 years old
An age-defying Hong Kong actress has expressed her astonishment after fitting into a middle-school uniform at the age of 54.
Carman Lee Yeuk-tung says that she was ‘amazed’ when she saw herself wearing the white dress meant for a teenage girl.
Pictures show the star looking like her 17-year-old self while sporting the schoolwear for a recent TV show.
Then and now: Cantonese star Carman Lee Yeuk-tung is pictured wearing a school uniform in the 1980s at the age of 17 (left) and sporting the same style of schoolwear aged 54 (right)
Known for her super youthful appearance, Ms Lee has barely aged since she posed for a set of cassette adverts around 1990.
The 5ft5in Cantonese beauty, who had kept her age a secret for nearly three decades, shocked her fans when she revealed she was 54 on her birthday in August.
She was given the school uniform by her alma mater last year as a gift when she visited it, and, amazingly, it is in the same style as her old uniform from decades ago.
‘When I visited the campus, I expressed my desire to own a set of uniform the students were wearing because I had thrown away mine ages ago,’ Ms Lee told MailOnline on Wednesday.
Carman Lee Yeuk-tung says that she was ‘amazed’ when she saw herself wearing the white dress meant for a teenage girl. ‘My memories at school rushed back all of a sudden,’ she said
Ms Lee was given the school uniform by her alma mater last year as a gift when she visited it
She continued: ‘The headmaster immediately asked her staff to try to find an extra new uniform, but there was only the size fit for middle-school girls left. So they decided to give one to me.
‘When I received it, I was so touched that I nearly cried. Although so many years had passed, my memories rushed back all of a sudden.’
After Ms Lee returned home, the first thing she did was to try on the clothing.
‘I was amazed I could still fit into it and overwhelmed with emotions,’ she added. ‘Compared to my old self, my figure didn’t change, but my heart had become much stronger.’
The actress confesses that she would love to sit in the classroom with other students wearing the uniform and have a lesson again at her alma mater.
Surprising revelation: The Hong Kong-born TV celebrity (right, pictured in August) shocked her fans in August after revealing her age for the first time (left, pictured around 1990)
30 years apart: The celebrity has caused an internet sensation on Chinese social media outlets with her ageless looks (left, pictured around 1990) and six-pack abs (right, pictured in May)
Ms Lee’s flawless skin, thick black hair and incredibly toned physique make it hard for anyone to believe that she is in her mid-50s.
She surged to super-stardom in the mid-1990s – after a stint as a flight attendant – for her role as a female martial arts master in a classic fantasy TV series.
She has since been billed as the ‘Fairy Sister’ after the character that thrust her into the limelight.
Ms Lee surged to super-stardom in the mid-1990s – after a stint as a flight attendant – for her role as a female martial arts master (right) in a classic fantasy TV series. The star (left, seen in 2019) has been billed as the ‘Fairy Sister’ after the character that thrust her into the limelight
Celebrating her 54th birthday on August 16, Ms Lee penned a touching letter on her social media account.
‘I have spent most of my life and welcomed my 54th birthday,’ she wrote on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter.
‘People may think that a woman would no longer be in the peak of her life once she passes 30. In fact, no matter when and at what age, [a woman] shall not stop advancing,’ the star encouraged her nearly 5.3million followers at the time.
Ms Lee thanked her family, especially her mother, for bringing her up and her colleagues for helping her build a successful career.
‘I would like to thank myself too. Right now, I am calmer and more determined than before. I wish that I would be able to keep this calm mentality and healthy body consistently for life.’
The celebrity concluded: ‘One’s life should never be defined by others, we should all live well.’
2019 vs 1990: Ms Lee’s followers have praised the actress for ‘becoming younger and younger’ after pictures of her from last year (left) and 30 years ago (right) went viral on social media
In May, Ms Lee became a trending topic on China’s Twitter-like Weibo after sharing a photo of her ripped body following a period of intense training.
On July 16, the star uploaded a set of pictures of her from around 1990, generating even more buzz.
Sporting a yellow crop top and a pair of denim shorts, a younger Ms Lee was modelling for a cassette brand in the promotional snaps.
The actress said she had found these old photos while looking for materials for her new book.
‘Although 30 years have passed, I can still remember the day of the shooting clearly. I was working part-time to pose for cassettes. Many people might not even have used them,’ she said on Weibo.
Despite ruling the screen for decades, the star had never revealed her real age until August 16. She is seen at charity activity in December last year (right) and in an advert around 1990 (left)
The 5ft5in Cantonese beauty confesses that she is a fitness fanatic. She reveals that she has stuck to a regular workout routine for decades and uses nine exercises to get a firm abdomen
Speaking of her secrets to staying youthful, Ms Lee says it is vital for women to keep their skin moisturised, especially the skin on their hands and neck.
She stresses the importance of avoiding getting tanned in summer.
Renowned for her thick hair, the idol claims that her iconic locks are the result of her love for black sesame, whether it’s fried or ground.
She combs her hair every night before going to bed to keep it smooth and straight, and to help her sleep better.
Ms Lee says she rarely consumes snacks and would only eat nuts – such as walnuts and hazelnuts – if she feels hungry at work.
She adds that she drinks a lot of water every day – but she never touches coffee or tea.
In terms of her enviable physique, Ms Lee admits she is a fitness fanatic.
She has stuck to a regular workout routine for decades and uses nine different exercises for a firm abdomen, including sit-ups and crunches.
The star is teaching her followers how to achieve six-pack abs through a series of clips on her accounts on Chinese social media platforms, including Weibo, Douyin and Xiaohongshu.