KIM AGAIN? Claims Kim Jong-un is using body double after making first …
Claims Kim Jong-un is using body double after
making first public appearance since death rumours
Some believe one of Kim's body doubles may have taken his placeCredit: AFP or licensors AFP OR LICENSORS
State-run media released images and video apparently showing the 36-year-old
at a fertiliser factory - amid escalating reports he was either dead or fighting for his life.
Now eagle-eyed web sleuths believe it was really a lookalike on the photos and
they point to changes in his face, hair and teeth compared to previous appearances.
But there are suggestions some of the photos have in fact been doctored.
Others suggested the dictator's mysterious 20-day disappearance was down to plastic surgery.
Slueths pointed to slight differences in Kim Jong-un's nose, wrinkles,
teeth, cupid's bow, hairline and ears.
In the most recent snaps, it's suggested his nose is a little rounder
and his cupid's bow more pronounced.
One reportedly doctored photo doing the rounds shows Kim's teeth looking
much straighter, and several shades less white than in previous pics.
But others pointed out straighter teeth can easily be achieved with dental work,
and the chain-smoker is bound to succumb to stains on his pearly whites from time-to-time.
Some seized upon his hairline, which appears to be wider in recent pics -
but questioned if this could just be the result of a skilled barber.
There's also a suggestion his ears, once with earlobes that appeared
to be clearly attached to his head, forming a smooth curve, have changed.
It's been reported the images shared here are doctored
Newer snaps appear to show the leader with much chunkier, hanging lobes.
But the rumours were fueled by the fact it wouldn't be the first time Kim
has been accused of using a stand-in for public events in North Korea.
In 2017, the Sun Online revealed images of the dictator
chatting with his body doubles at a missile test.
He was filmed with two of his lookalikes - dressed identically in
his trademark black suit and Cuban heels.
It's long been reported paranoid Kim often travels with doubles
in a bid to foil assassination attempts.
However, some believe this time a lookalike was used because
the real Kim is really already DEAD.
Ex-MP Louise Mensch waded in to the debate, tweeting;
"Teeth, Cupid's bow, others. Totally different. Look at those gnashes, if you must."
She added: "It's not the same person. But not going to argue it.
Hairy moment when I thought my information was wrong.
It wasn't wrong though.
"Not sure whether it suits us to go along with it or not, but these two are not the same."
But the Daily Mail reports the photos Ms Mench shared appear to be "crudely" doctored.
And, to add to the mystery, the claims come as the North Korean leader
missed yet another high-profile event.
He was noticeably absent as Russia awarded him a medal
to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.
An older snap of Kim from 2013 appears to show him with slightly different teeth and ears,
A snap from 2011 illustrates the despot's changing face, but is it down
to his indulgent lifestyle and ageing or something more sinister?Credit: AFP
Continuing the rumours, a Chinese journalist Shijian Xingzou said a “very solid source” told her the North Korean leader had died.
After weeks of rumours surrounding his health the despot seemingly broke cover on Friday
The dictator was once caught on film chatting with his body doubles
Another picture claimed to show Kim alongside his sister Kim Yo-jong
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