NEW YORK - The country that unleashed Bieber fever has social media swooning over a new Justin.
He is an avid boxer with the physique to show for it. He snowboards. And he is the next prime minister of Canada.
Forget about his views on climate change or the crisis in Syria. Some commentators had a more pressing question about the 6-foot-2-inch (188-centimeter) former school teacher who defeated Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Monday’s elections.
“Is Justin Trudeau the sexiest politician in the world?” read the title of the U.K.-based Mirror newspaper.
For sure, according to the Australian news website news.com.au. “The votes are in and Canada has come out of its election with a super hot new leader,” it wrote.
Added Australian news anchor James McHale in a tweet: “In Canada Justin Trudeau’s Liberals elected on a platform of sorry I lost my train of thought he’s just so handsome.”
A 2012 photograph swiftly circulated on the Internet showing a shirtless Trudeau flexing his arms ahead of a boxing match with Sen. Patrick Brazeau.
But Trudeau tries to project an image of a family man. He has been married to former television host Sophie Gregoire since 2005, and they have three young children.
During the campaign, the Conservatives tried to dismiss him as an inexperienced lightweight, snarking in television ads about his “nice hair.”
Canadian media noted the buzz with bemusement. “The world meets Justin Trudeau and likes what it sees,” read a headline on CBC.ca.