North Korean Heir Tries to Look Like Grandpa

K. Mathews on 1 Jul 2011 at 10:00am

While Kim Jong-il is still the Supreme Leader of North Korea, his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, is being groomed to become his successor. And I mean “groomed” in the most extreme way: Kim Jong-un is said to have undergone plastic surgery six times in order to better resemble his father and late grandfather, Kim Il-sung.

When genetics did not provide Kim Jong-un with enough of a familial resemblance to his patriarchs, Kim Jong-un turned to cosmetic enhancements. Although rumors of Kim Jong-un’s procedures have been circulating for a while now, a reporter quoting top North Korean officials has essentially confirmed the claims.

Plenty of people turn to plastic surgery to look more youthful, but it’s a rare case when someone gets work done to look more like his/her grandparent. Then again, we’re talking about the leaders of a country with one of the shiftiest nuclear weapons policies, so I guess we can’t expect them to follow the status quo.

While critics of plastic surgery generally consider it an act of vanity, it’s hard to dispute that true vanity is a man who asks his son to alter his appearance to look more like his father and grandfather. But what do you expect from a man with an ego as inflated as Kim Jong-il? The North Korean dictator claims that he was born supernaturally, invented hamburgers, and got five holes-in-one the first time he played a round of golf.

I think it’s safe to speculate that having plastic surgery to look like Kim Il-sung is an isolated incident rather than a trend as it is with Angelina Jolie, although I wouldn’t put it past Kim Jong-il to start demanding it of his people.

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Comments (4)

This guy is a disturbingly cocky!

Gosh! Just because he's the successor, eh? Maybe he'll feel he'll rule better looking like his dad and grandpa, huh? He has to have the vibe. LOL. Very interesting.

At least he isn't taking his dad's afro-style hair!


LOL! I have to say Jung-il's hair kind of reminds me of Pauly D from Jersey Shore.