Fitness fan finds her month of fame

11:04, June 30, 2011      

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Nancy Pon, a Chinese Canadian and general manager of a media company, has become a micro blog celebrity with her video demonstrating some simple moves for white-collar workers to relieve stress in the office. (Source: China Daily/Yong Kai)

When Nancy Pon decided to shoot a one-minute Touchmedia video to be screened on the backseat televisions of cabs, she never expected people would track her down and make her a celebrity.

When the video featuring Pon - dolled up with two pigtails, a Barbie pink ribbon on her head, heavy makeup, a blue tank top and extremely exaggerated facial expressions - hit the road in early June, it became an overnight sensation online and local media were quick to pick up on it.

And suddenly the 39-year-old Chinese Canadian, general manager of Touch Events, which organizes events by Shanghai-based Touchmedia, found herself bombarded with interviews.

"I told them (the creative team behind the video) the only way I will do it is making me look so different that nobody can tell it's me," laughed Pon, recalling the moment when the creative team decided to launch an in-taxi workout and picked her as an ideal candidate because she is healthy and understands the campaign.

In real life, Pon wears a deep V-collar one-piece dress, high heels and a turquoise stone necklace, quite a contrast to the quirky-looking fitness coach who reminds one of the days when stars like Olivia Newton-John were prevailing in show business.

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