Chinese paper falls for Onion spoof

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sits on a horse in this undated photo. (Handout/People's...

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sits on a horse in this undated photo. (Handout/People's Daily Online)

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, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

A state-owned Chinese newspaper has been duped by a satirical American news website after the latter wrote a story declaring North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un its Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.

The People's Daily Online quoted the Onion's satirical article Tuesday: "With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true."

The Chinese article features a photo gallery of the supreme leader, including shots of Kim sitting stoically on a horse, waving to crowds and peering through the scope of a rifle.

"Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile," the Onion said.

The Onion said it will publish a 14-page spread of Kim in its print edition Friday.

It named Bernie Madoff, a convicted Ponzi scheme fraudster in the U.S., as the sexiest man alive in 2010. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was awarded the title last year.


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