North Korean Female Flight Attendants Model for Publication

Article from Yonhap News:

North Korean Airline ‘Koryo Air’ Female Flight Attendants Featured in Monthly Publication

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On July 31, Yonhap News came into possession of the North Korean monthly pictorial publication “Joseon” September edition, featuring five female flight attendant models on the cover.

The flight attendants are walking with their luggage, attired in navy blue uniforms, a change from the red uniforms worn in 2013, and wearing a badge on the left side of the chest featuring Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. An aircraft from Koryo Air can be seen in the background.

With their beautiful smiles, and wearing short skirts, black shoes, sophisticated makeup, necklaces, and other accessories, the flight attendants do not look any different from attendants of other airlines.

The change in the eye-catching and elegant appearance of the flight attendants is an effort by Kim Jong-un’s regime to stimulate tourism by improving the quality of airline service.

In July 2012, while inspecting the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, the first chairman of Kim Jong-un’s National Defense Committee gave orders “to change flight attendant uniforms to match the demands for a more modern attire and to improve service for the in-flight meals.”

Last month, Koryo Air replaced their western style “burgers” with the traditional Korean style “kimbap”[rice, vegetables, and meat wrapped in seaweed].

The “Joseon” magazine propogates, “From all sides, the Pyongyang Sunan International Airport perfectly captures the monumental creations of the Songun times.”

But the ratings given to the North Korean airline are consistently very low.

The England research institute Skytrax evaluates 600 airlines worldwide on criteria such as plane deterioration, boarding amenities, on-board service and in-flight meals, and gave Koryo Air the lowest grade of 1-star out of a maximum possible 5 stars.

They explained, Koryo Air is the only airline to have received a 1-star rating, as “for each criterion evaluated, it was the worst airline.”

Comments from Naver:


Who came to see the cover?


Are there really people taking planes to travel to North Korea???


The pretty ones are in front and the less pretty ones are in the back.


Mr. Reporter, please put more pictures. Why is there only text?


I learn about the picture from the text


Certainly very short…kekeke


“[Handsome] men from the South, [beautiful] women from the North” is old Goryeo stuff. Women in the South are beautiful…


They look like the old ladies from insurance companies.


If girls from the North are all like this, can you really say that men from the South are handsome?


The ones in the very front are super-pretty, Jong-un must be using them well.


The cuties from the North are different from our beauties in the south, they don’t smell like the western world… Beauty vendors from the Joseon Dynasty.


North Koreans are not doing surgery. Who is saying nonsense? The North Korean upper class lives better than you do ——;


“[Handsome] men from the South, [beautiful] women from the North,” is an old story. Now it’s “Men from the South, women from the South.”


They don’t do surgery? bullshit. Defectors say the same, they all do surgery in the North too. Nonsense.


So rural. “Men from the South, women from the North” is really an old story.

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