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With his toothy smile, oversized ears and cropped black hair, Indonesian Ilham Anas is cashing in as a lookalike of US president Barack Obama.
The photographer is already a celebrity in Obama’s former hometown of Jakarta but his fame looks set to reach new heights abroad after the first black US president’s inauguration.
“I will take all the opportunities that come my way, as long as they don’t violate ethical codes and my personal values,” Anas told AFP. A
Filipino drug company has cast Anas in a commercial showing him dressed as Obama visiting the Philippines, and he has also received marketing offers from Indonesian and South Korean companies.
The lanky 34-year-old from West Java made an appearance on Indonesia’s premier talk show “Bukan Empat Mata” (“Not Four Eyes”) on Tuesday to coincide with Obama’s inauguration in Washington.
Anas’ brother was the first person to notice the similarity, but it was his co-workers at a local teen magazine who first asked him to pose with a suit, tie and American flag.
Soon they were taking photos and sending them to their friends: the word was out.
“I’m actually a shy person, I don’t like being put in the spotlight,” Anas said, adding however that looking like Obama was good for his confidence.
“I see my resemblance to Obama as a blessing: I used to look at the mirror and I had a negative perception of myself.
” But he said he would not like to become an official body-double for Obama.
“I don’t want to get shot,” he explained.
The real Obama went to school in Jakarta in the late 1960s, when his schoolmates knew him as Barry.
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Obverse face of the medal
Reverse side of the medal
The medal for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is designed with inspiration coming from “bi”, China’s ancient jade piece inscribed with dragon pattern. The medals, made of gold and jade, symbolize nobility and virtue and are embodiment of traditional Chinese values of ethics and honor, sending forth strong Chinese flavor.
The medals are 70mm in diameter and 6mm in thickness. On the front side, the medal adopts standard design prescribed by the International Olympic Committee. While on the back, the medal is inlaid with jade with the Beijing Games emblem engraved in the metal centerpiece. The design inspiration of the medal hook derives from jade “huang”, a ceremonial jade piece with decoration of double dragon pattern and “Pu”, the reed mat pattern.
Noble and elegant, the Beijing Olympic Games medal is a blending of traditional Chinese culture and the Olympism. It gives the winners of the Games great honor and acclamation as recognition of their achievement.
Note: bi, a flat jade disc with a circular hole in the center
Huang, a semi circular jade ornament
Obverse side of the medal and the ribbon
Reverse side of the medal and the ribbon