Earlier this week, an incredible photo of three puffy-faced Chinese women apparently stuck at a South Korean airport after plastic surgery left them unrecognizable took the Chinese internet by storm and was promptly picked up by numerous international media outlets to boot. However, it appears that we may all have been had!
Today, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo quoted South Korea’s Ministry of Justice as saying that the whole story was “fake news” without any basis in facts,” the Global Times noted.
The report originated on Sunday from Jian Huahua, a Chinese TV anchor who shared the photo of the trio on her Weibo account after apparently running into them at a South Korea airport at the end of her Golden Week vacation. Jian claimed that the three had been barred from their flight home, detained and questioned because their post-plastic surgery faces didn’t look anything like their passport photos. Jian even joked that their mothers wouldn’t recognize them.
However, Jian has since removed her post, indicating that this story may very well have burned the Chinese internets. But hey, even if it was fake, at least it gave us this picture:
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