August 10, 2022

“Make women more beautiful”: inside a North Korean fashion magazine

A recently-produced glossy points to changing trends in the DPRK

Alek Sigley is a graduate student at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung University and runs the North Korea tour company Tongil Tours. You can read his first column for NK News here. 

I’ve recently had a few North Korean fashion magazines come into my possession. These magazines cannot be found in any of the bookstores in Pyongyang that are intended for foreigners, such as the bookstores inside the international hotels or the specialist foreign languages bookstores such as the one on Kim Il Sung Square.