HONG KONG - A haircut and some makeup was all it took for a Hong Kong musician to transform himself into one of the world's most famous figures, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "We joked back and forth 'Maybe I should get dressed up and do some gigs with it'. After all, I'm a musician, so it's about the performance," said Howard, who declined to give his surname in order to keep his music and impersonation careers separate. He turned heads and drew giggles this week when he paraded down the streets of a popular shopping district in Hong Kong. During the arranged media shoot, he jokingly waved at wide-eyed passers-by and posed with a magazine for photos. "Is he the real one or is he just impersonating? I can't tell them apart. He really looks like him," said Hong Kong resident Ada Ho. At 34, Howard is older and taller than 30-year-old Kim, but they share many facial similarities. Howard has bushier eyebrows and weighs less, but he joked that he would work on that. On April … [Read more...] about Seeing double: Kim Jong Un lookalike turns heads in Hong Kong
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North Korea has finally responded to persistent rumours that leader Kim Jong-Un had plastic surgery to look like his revered grandfather, issuing an angry denial criticising "sordid" media reports. Speculation that Kim's resemblance to the country's founding leader, Kim Il-Sung, is not 100 percent natural has been around for some time, though with little or no supporting evidence. The rumours have been partly fed by the undeniable fact that Kim Jong-Un has sought to evoke memories of his grandfather in numerous ways, through his dress, haircut, gestures and public appearances. And there is a clear physical resemblance. But Pyongyang's patience with reports of plastic surgery appears to have run out. "The false report... released by enemies is a hideous criminal act which the party, state, army and people can never tolerate," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary Wednesday. Insisting that the very idea of Kim, who is in his late 20s, … [Read more...] about N. Korea slams Kim Jong-Un plastic surgery reports
North Korea's next dynastic succession may have been secured, with new TV images of leader Kim Jong-Un's wife suggesting that Pyongyang's first lady recently gave birth. When state TV showed Ri Sol-Ju attending a memorial service for her husband's late father Kim Jong-Il in mid-December, she appeared heavily pregnant with her loose-fit traditional dress barely hiding a swollen belly. But more recent images of her attending an official New Year's party showed her wearing a well-fitted two-piece skirt suit with no physical sign of pregnancy. Speculation was fuelled by the official performance, which included an all-woman band singing a version of the Christmas favourite "When a Child is Born" made popular by Johnny Mathis. South Korean television and newspapers on Thursday ran before-and-after photos with speculative captions. "The bulging stomach has gone down ... has Ri Sol-Ju given birth?" asked the Dong-A Ilbo daily. "Ri Sol-Ju with her tummy reduced in 11 days. Has she come … [Read more...] about An heir for North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un?
The Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper on Wednesday deleted a story that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had been named 2012's "Sexiest Man Alive" after it fell for a spoof by a US website. The People's Daily Online ran gushing quotes from satirical site The Onion about the "Pyongyang-bred heartthrob" in Chinese and English as world news, along with a 55-image gallery opening with Kim astride a horse. But after gleeful users of Twitter pointed out the error, the pages were taken down on Wednesday morning. They had made no mention of satire and lifted the The Onion's comments: "With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true. "Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile." The printed edition of … [Read more...] about China paper deletes ‘sexiest’ Kim Jong Un report
Official media of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Sunday that Kim Jong Un is the Korean people's leader as great as his father Kim Jong Il. "Deeply moved by the measures, all of the Korean people feel that Kim Jong Un is the leader of the people, as great as Kim Jong Il," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. Kim Jong Un took special measures to transport fresh fish to Pyongyang and provide them for every local family in time, though he was suffering bitterer grief than others, the KCNA said. The KCNA also said Kim Jong Un was "identical" to Kim Jong Il, who it said was the "popular tender-hearted father and the sun of the destiny as he is the man the people will follow to the end of the earth." The country's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun issued a "political essay" entitled "Our Supreme Commander" on Saturday, calling Kim Jong Un as the country's "supreme commander and general." Kim Jong Il died from a "great mental and physical … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un hailed as great leader as his father: DPRK media