Kazakhstan Is Photoshopping Their Leader’s Photos And They’re Not Even Trying To Hide It

Published 5 years ago

Everyone wants to look younger than they really are. While some resort to fillers or even plastic surgery, others stick to the old tried and true method of Photoshop. And it looks like even some world leaders are choosing the latter one.

Recently Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty made an interesting discovery when browsing some photos released by the Kazakhstan government – turns out the photos of their president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, were edited to make him look younger than he really is, and it gets pretty hilarious once you see the originals!


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Tokayev came to power after longtime Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbaev resigned back in March. 78-year-old Nazarbaev ruled the nation since 1989 so his resignation was a surprise to many people.

Receiving the credentials of U.S. Ambassador William H. Moser in March

Now we have to agree, all of us like to look good in pictures and a little photoshop to remove a few blemishes is nothing too bad, but straight up making a 65-year-old man look 45 is a little bit ridiculous, don’t you think?

Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in April

“One of the world’s leading retouchers, who asked to remain anonymous, [said] he believed the picture had been altered ‘mainly using surface blur to even out the skin of the face,'” said an expert in an interview with RFE/RL.

“You can see it’s uneven when looking closely at the face,” added the expert. “Some parts contain jpeg artifacts and some parts are smoother. I work with this every day, and it looks like it’s definitely been smoothed out.”

Welcoming South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Kazakhstan in late April

Chatting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Kazakhstan in April

People found the whole ordeal pretty amusing

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