Vera Wang is in lockdown like the rest of America, but the 70-year-old fashion designer isn’t just sitting around playing couch potato… well for the most part.
She post a series of stunning photos on Instagram that show off her flat abs and her almost too thin physique.
Vera insists she has a simple formula for staying in shape: “work, sleep, a vodka cocktail, not much sun.”
The 70-year-old fashion designer sent her 2.6 million Instagram followers into a frenzy and her photos, wearing a crop-top, instantly went viral.
Her washboard stomach prompted one fan to write: “I need my stomach to be like yours. What’s your routine?”
Vera talked about her life in lockdown in a new interview. She went into isolation with her “fashion family” in Miami and admits indulging in doughnuts and an occasional pizza.
She even took a virtual cooking class to create a sweet potato frittata.
Wang can partly credit genes for her remarkable shape as a septuagenarian, because, she confides, she’s not a “huge exercise person.”
But the petite 5-foot, 3-inch designer stays active.
“I love to play golf at Liberty National, in Jersey City, N. J., or at Atlantic Golf Club in the Hamptons if I happen to be out there. I’m terrible but enthusiastic,” she says.
Vera, however, was athletic as a youth and her physical acuity has carried over throughout her life.
“All those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can’t design anything without thinking of how a woman’s body will look and move when she’s wearing it,” she once said.
She began figure skating at the age of eight. In high school, she trained with pairs partner James Stuart and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (See video below)
She was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” feature in the Jan. 8, 1968 issue. Here what the magazine said about the 19 year old:
Vera Wang, a drama major at Sarah Lawrence College, hitched a last minute ride to the North Atlantic Figure Skating Championships at the South Mountain Arena in West Orange, N.J. and took the senior ladies title with a near-perfect performance.
When she failed to make the U.S. Olympics team, she turned her interest to fashion, and the rest, well, is history.
She went to work for Vogue magazine after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. She join Ralph Lauren in 1987, but after two years she founded her own independent bridal wear brand.
She’s made dresses for a slew of celebrities and her company grossed an estimated $630 million in 2018. And, she’s totally hands-on in her work.
She spends her day dealing with all the different lines, from poring over china patterns to small leather goods at Kohl’s. She usually doesn’t take phone calls during the day, according to Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
But still skates for fun. She calls skating “multidimensional.”
While in lockdown, Wang has been working out with her housemates.
“If you are lucky enough to be with a group of people you know so well and have traveled with so extensively, being restricted can bring so many positive and different nuances to the experience,” she said.
“All of them are extremely fit, which pushed me to ‘work out’ most days.”
Vera credits moderate weight-lifting and cycling for keeping fit and energized.
By moderate she means “quick and light” weight training with two- to three-pound weights. “It takes me a total of five minutes,” she says.
The key to her diet she says, is making sure she “never miss a meal
“I have to feed my brain,” she explains.
Although she mixes up her dishes she might eat sashimi with brown rice and vegetables, Chinese steamed broccoli with chicken and rice, or the artichoke salad or fish.
Plus, she has adds this tip: “I only drink water; I stopped drinking Diet Coke six years ago. That was the hardest thing I ever gave up.”
And, yes, she keeps some “cheat foods” on hand: “Cheetos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and all kinds of chips.”
Wang was born and raised in New York City. Both parents were born in China and came to the United States in the mid-1940s.
Here’s a little known fact: Wang’s grandfather was Chinese warlord Wu Junsheng. He was killed by the Empire of Japan in the Huanggutun assassination plot in 1928.
Check out the video below and her stunning photos.