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

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, 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.

Then in June, the day before her birthday, Wang postedanother photo of herself wearing a sports bra and leggings, eliciting another round of awe.

This week, People asked the designer about the photo that kicked off the social media 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 with People, "...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."

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Fashion designer Vera Wang attends the Hudson Yards Grand Opening Party at Hudson Yards on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Designer Vera Wang attends The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Preview Celebration – Red Carpet Arrivals on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Related)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: Designer Vera Wang attends An Evening with Vera Wang presented by Brides and David's Bridal on January 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for WHITE by Vera Wang)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Vera Wang attend Fashion Group International, Night Of Stars 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on October 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Vera Wang attends Fashion Group International, Night Of Stars 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on October 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Vera Wang speaks during the Fashion Group International, Night Of Stars 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on October 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 8: Vera Wang attends the women's final on day 13 of the 2018 tennis US Open on Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Cheryl Scharf, Anna Wintour, Vera Wang attend the opening night gala of the 2018 tennis US Open held at Arthur Ashe stadium of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Vera Wang attends the opening night gala of the 2018 tennis US Open held at Arthur Ashe stadium of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Jasmine Sanders and Vera Wang attend the 2018 CFDA Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Vera Wang attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: (L-R) Ariana Grande and Vera Wang attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Vera Wang and Ariana Grande attend "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination", the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Vera Wang and Ariana Grande attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Vera Wang attends the "Being Serena" New York Premiere at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Fashion designer Vera Wang is seen leaving the HBO documentary series premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Vera Wang attends Barneys New York and Chef Mark Stausman celebration of The Freds At Barneys New York Cookbook on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Vera Wang arrives to the Council of Fashion Designers of America luncheon held at Chateau Marmont on February 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: CFDA Board member/host Vera Wang attends the Runway To Red Carpet, hosted by Council of Fashion Designers of America, Variety and WWD at Chateau Marmont on February 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: David Chu and Vera Wang attend China Institute 2017 Blue Cloud Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Vera Wang attends "Rolling Stone Stories From The Edge" World Premiere at Florence Gould Hall on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Vera Wang attends the 2017 WWD Honors at The Pierre Hotel on October 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Vera Wang attends as Dylan Lauren celebrates the Sweet 16 of Dylan's Candy Bar on October 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Dylan's Candy Bar)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:Vera Wang at Day 13 of the US Open held at the USTA Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Vera Wang attends a private event to honor Anna Wintour being appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Vera Wang attends a private event to honor Anna Wintour being appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Vera Wang attends a private event to honor Anna Wintour being appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 7: Vera Wang attends 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards at Urban Zen on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Zainab Salbi, Vera Wang, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donna Karen and Nadja Swarovski attend the 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Urban Zen Foundation)
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Wang added of herroutine, "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 to show off her show-stopping body, most notably, 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.

This article originally appeared on Yahoo

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