That’s not the president of Croatia in those viral bikini photos

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Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was in the president’s box at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, on Wednesday July 11 to watch her country storm to victory over England in the World Cup semi-final. Sporting a football shirt, her wide smile of triumph was beamed to TVs around the world. And some internet-users took the opportunity to share photos that are supposed to show the president in very skimpy clothing – but are actually photos of someone else. 

Posts on Facebook and Twitter crown the president with the title of sexiest world leader, attaching photos that show her wearing a bikini on a beach. Writing her name in Google brings up pages of images purporting to show her in bikinis that leave little to the imagination. However, all of the photos are false.

The woman in the photo is actually Coco Austin, an American model and the partner of the rapper Ice-T.

Back in 2015 the myth was debunked. 


Kolinda – who speaks eight languages including Portuguese and Italian – has been married to Jakov Kitarovic since 1996. They have two children including Katarina, who is a professional figure skater and Croatia’s national junior champion. She is reported to oppose same sex marriage but backed a law which gave gay couples the same rights as married heterosexual ones.

A staunch Roman Catholic, she has also voiced her support for women to be allowed to have abortions legally and safely.

Soruces: Netokracija, The Sun, France 24

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