That is one scary mug. Click on the photo and take and closer look at all the nooks and crannies...if you dare.
Oddly enough, this shot is currently plastered all over Palermo. Despite what you may be thinking, it is not something designed to scare children or some kind of "plastic surgery gone bad" public service announcement.
Amazingly, the photo is part of a campaign poster for congresswoman María del Carmen Alarcón.
Apparently her campaign managers haven't heard of Photoshop. The poster might say "Passion for Argentina", but that picture screams "Passion for Facelifts".
I realize this is all terribly mean-spirited but honestly, this poster borders on incompetence. Image is terribly important in the world of politics and campaign photos like this one do nothing to win over voters who don't take the time to bone up on the issues and things of actual substance.
Alarcón is not alone, as Buenos Aires has been full of bad campaign photos in 2007. During his successful mayoral campaign, some of Mauricio Macri's posters showed him with yellow teeth (although others had the same photos with his teeth magically whitened). Other campaign posters have both shown male and female candidates with everything from bad teeth to double chins.
To be clear, I am not advocating style over substance for the world's political candidates. It would be wonderful to live in a world where well-informed voters ignored superficial qualities in favor of things like actual facts and figures. Unfortunately, these posters have a lot more to do with political naivete than lofty ideals of a substance-oriented campaign.
The Kirchners certainly aren't running any bad photos in their campaign photos.
Cristina looks like a supermodel in comparison.