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Dashing bodyguard of new South Korean president steals the limelight

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 20/5/2017 By Nicola Smith
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Newly elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has lived up to his promise to shake up the country’s politics, but perhaps not in the way that he expected.

In his first few days in office, Mr Moon’s dashing close protection officer, Choi Young-jae, appears to have stolen the limelight, sending social media into a frenzy with the best smouldering bodyguard poses since Kevin Costner swept Whitney Houston off her feet in the 1990s Hollywood classic .

Photos of the 36-year-old square-jawed bodyguard, dressed in a sharp suit and staring into the crowd with a stern but sultry menace, have gone viral.

Popular blog,, stoked further excitement by publishing a series of photographs of Mr Choi keeping a close watch for potential threats.

“He even has good skin,” “Is this a scene from a movie?” gushed enthused netizens.

After a year-long political corruption saga that scandalised the country and saw the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye, South Koreans have seized on the sizzling sightings of Mr Choi as welcome light relief.

The South Korean media lauded him as a leading member of what they coined the “handsome brigade” of officials who have been selected as the attractive face of the new administration.

President Moon himself set hearts racing in his younger days, reported the Korea Time s, adding that Im Jong-seok, his new chief of staff, was a pin-up for female students who stole his campaign posters when he once ran for school president.

Civil affairs secretary, Cho Kuk, also a member of the good-looking new crew, confessed that “dairy drinks” were constantly placed on his library seat at university by female admirers.

President Moon’s office have, however, torched any hopes of female fans wishing to become the heroine in a South Korean remake of Costner’s The Bodyguard, confirming that Mr Choi is “unfortunately married.”

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