Vera Wang, 71, was 'totally shocked' by the reaction to her viral sports bra photo

Elena Sheppard

Vera Wang, 71, is known for her stunning designer wedding gowns, but after a scantily-clad Instagram photo went viral this year, she got attention for something else: her incredible figure.

In May, almost two months before her birthday, the fashion icon posted a photo of herself wearing only a sports bra and a pair of white shorts, posed to show off a white hair clip. The image quickly spread across the internet with many expressing total disbelief at Wang’s age. In June, the day before her birthday, Wang posted another photo of herself wearing a sports bra and leggings, eliciting another round of awe.

Vera Wang says she was "shocked" by the social media reaction to an Instagram photo she posted in May. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Vera Wang says she was "shocked" by the social media reaction to an Instagram photo she posted in May. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

This week, People asked the designer about the first photo that kicked off the buzz. "I was totally shocked," Wang told the publication. "To be perfectly honest, the real goal of that picture was [to feature] the hair clips I had in my hair. And hair clips don't exactly show up that well in a picture. So we really had to minimize whatever I was wearing and to keep the focus on my hair and those crystal clips. And the fact it became about my Palm Angels workout top was so crazy."

Wang told People that she had gotten used to life behind the scenes, while dressing celebrities on the red carpet or working at Vogue as an editor in the 1970s. “...So I always thought of myself as somebody who, in all fairness, was the creator and not the subject matter. So it was sort of shocking. I can't lie to you."

She also shared her “sporadic” workout habits: "...I mean, I was an elite athlete in my youth. I was a competitive figure skater in the United States and a dancer at Balanchine School of American Ballet. I think when you spend the first 16 years of your life that physically engaged, there is such a thing that it sort of stays with you. There's a muscle memory that goes with that."

Wang explained of her routine, “Sleep is a very big part and certainly vodka. Because I mean, it's just so great to be able to unwind with a cocktail."

Since the viral post, Wang has continued showing off her show-stopping body, by dressing up as Cher on Halloween. “Wishing you all a very Cher Halloween!” Wang wrote on Instagram, calling the singer “an American icon.”

“A new COVID style celebration, but a celebration nonetheless,” she added.

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