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Kim Jong-un helps make women beautiful again with ‘field guidance’ tour of North Korean cosmetics factory

North Korean leader hails ‘world-level’ products at make-up plant

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 12:14pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 10:57pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took his stylish wife and powerful sister to a make-up plant for a “field guidance trip” amid the country’s nuclear stand-off with the US.

During a visit to the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory in the capital, Kim hailed its “world-level” products that realised “the dream of the women who want to be more beautiful”, the official KCNA news agency reported.

Kim was accompanied by Kim Yo-jong, his younger sister and a senior member of the ruling Workers’ Party, it said, with photos showing Kim’s wife Ri Sol-ju following him at the factory in a floral pattern dress.

The two are seen as the most powerful women in the isolated, deeply patriarchal nation.

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They have often accompanied Kim to official events since he took power in 2011, in a break from the past when former leaders’ spouses or sisters rarely made public appearances.

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Ri, a former star singer also known for her affinity for luxury fashion, is known to have three children with Kim.

Yo-jong, believed to be in her 20s, was promoted earlier this month to be an alternate member of the party’s powerful politburo – the decision-making body presided over by her brother.

Known to be handling the party’s propaganda operations, Yo-jong has been seen accompanying Kim closely and in a casual manner – rare among the country’s top officials – at high-profile public events.

Both Kims were born to the late ruler Kim Jong-il and his third partner Ko Yong-hui, a former dancer.

At the factory they viewed a mosaic of their father entitled “To Provide Our People with Better Cosmetics”, KCNA reported Sunday.