There was a social media meltdown this weekend when the newly elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in appeared with his new hunky bodyguard.
The chiselled, Hollywood good looks of 35-year-old Choi Young-jae have sparked jokes that he needs his own bodyguard to keep adoring fans at bay while he keeps the president safe.
You would think the fawning over Choi’s looks would be considered a distraction by a new administration keen to move the country forward in the wake of the impeachment scandal that ended the reign of its first female president Park Geun-hye, but many people believe beauty is all part of President Moon’s master plan.
“Netizens wittily suggest that President Moon Jae-in has hired ‘good-looking’ professionals … as the attractive public face of the new administration,” observed journalist Eom Da-sol in an article for the Korea Times.
“The first person responsible for the suggestion is Moon himself. Photos of the handsome younger Moon went viral on social media when his campaign camp first released them in 2012.
After photographs of the bodyguard appears on the internet over the weekend, President Moon’s office issued a rather coy public statement.
It said Choi was a former officer with Korea’s Special Warfare Command before adding that he was “unfortunately” married with two daughters.
The fact that Choi is taken has in no way dulled his appeal to fan girls and boys who continue to gush over pictures of him online, posting lines such as “I surrender to this ‘reign of beauty’ with no objections.”
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