We’re not all photogenic. Some of us wander life desperately searching for the right hair style, a presentable physique, or a face that doesn’t elicit a “That guy’s definitely a murderer” response.
And then there’s Kim Jong Un.
In a world in which it’s mandatory to accentuate each endeavor with photographic evidence — photos of outfits, photos of pets, photos of pets’ outfits on pet-owned Instagram pages — Kim, with every resource in North Korea at his disposal, stands above us all.
Does Supreme Leader desire an outing in 1920s mobster garb? No problem. Kim wants a photo of being suffocated by hysterical women in a scene comparable to Beatlemania? Consider it done. Platinum firearms? Easy. Head of the Workers’ Party wishes to play pretend as one of the elite horsemen of Middle Earth? Well...
To the rest of the world, Kim may resemble a hybrid Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Russell (from the Pixar movie “Up”), but don’t be fooled — in North Korea he is Kim Jong Swoon, and the Swoon once again put on a show for the cameras this week while commemorating the 67th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.
To celebrate the occasion, Kim bestowed engraved pistols to his most loyal officers, a cohort that had the pleasure of snapping photos with their new sidearms alongside a beaming Kim.
Forget muzzle or trigger discipline. Not even bullets can penetrate a North Korean officer cloaked by the biggest military hat in the world, one rumored to double as an ottoman or end table when not resting on a cranium.
The photos mark just another series of terrific shots in a laundry list of them. In honor of Kim’s Zoolander-like prowess in front of a lens, we present our top-10 (with links) greatest hits of the supreme leader.
Jon Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times, and a USMC veteran.