Afghan talent show singer finds fame as Trudeau’s doppelganger
KABUL — An Afghan talent show contestant’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country.
Abdul Salam Maftoon, a wedding singer from a village in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, had never even heard of his more famous doppelganger until a judge on the popular television music contest pointed out the uncanny likeness.
Slightly built with a long face and dark brown hair and eyes, Maftoon, 29, hopes the flattering comparison to the politician widely rated as one of the sexiest leaders in the world will bring him more votes on Afghanistan’s version of
“People have forgotten my name and now they just call me ‘Justin Trudeau’,” Maftoon said, his self-conscious smile revealing two gold-plated front teeth.
“I didn’t know anything about Justin Trudeau until I saw the photos on social media.
“The resemblance has boosted my chances of winning the competition by 50 percent.”