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China net buzz over ‘Obama girl’

While US President Barack Obama talked about Internet rights during his visit to China, the Internet in Beijing talked about a mystery woman in black.

world Updated: Nov 26, 2009 23:52 IST

While US President Barack Obama talked about Internet rights during his visit to China, the Internet in Beijing talked about a mystery woman in black.

Clad in a black dress and red coat, college student Wang Zifei was snapped by photographers sitting behind Obama during his townhall forum last week in Shanghai and her photos have ricocheted online, turning her into a minor Internet sensation. She has become China’s version of the “Obama Girl,” as online forums gushed over her beauty and poise.

Photos of her taking off her coat in slow motion have been uploaded and spread widely.

Even a week after Obama left China, the buzz about Wang is still going strong.

The official newspaper China Daily reported on Thursday that Google searches for “Obama girl in red coat” in China turned up nearly 7 million results.

Most of the comments posted online have been positive, but a number of Internet users have been less flattering, with some speculating that she had actively courted the attention.

After Wang’s identity was unearthed by persistent Internet admirers, she broke her silence this week on her personal blog, saying angrily that she did not welcome the public interest.