While the British press were speculating as to the cause of Peng’s powdery complexion, netizens saw their photos vanish from the internet as censors stepped in to maintain the illusion of a gaffe free state visit.
The photos were taken at a banquet held by the Lord Mayor of London in Xi Jinping’s honor which took place at Guildhall, London on Wednesday. The usually rather stylish Peng was seen with powdery white smears around her forehead, nose and upper lip.
Shortly after netizens uploaded photos to discuss the horror which had befallen their country’s first lady, their pictures were hastily removed by censors.
It’s a shame really, because everyone was just beginning to have some fun with the pictures. After the Daily Mail mistakenly referred to Peng as a former rock star, one netizen dug up some photos from her early career.
The Straits Times speculates that an overzealous use of silica powder was the cause of the rather unsightly white blemishes. The powder can help absorb oil and control shine – but it may backfire if too much is applied.
Hong Kong fashion designer William Tang said of the makeup malfunction: “So embarrassing. It’s the makeup artist’s fault for not taking into account the possibility of strong flashlights. Considerations must be made for such an important person and at an important event.”
Peng and Xi departed from Britain on Friday after heading up to take a look around the northern city of Manchester, but not before he got the fish and chips he’d been craving for so badly.
[Images via The Stand News]