The breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics aren’t skiers or figure skaters. They’re 229 North Korean cheerleaders who have wowed the international media with their synchronized chants and identical outfits. The cheerleaders have made headlines throughout the games for everything from their fashion choices to their tightly supervised hotel conditions and bathroom visits to their reaction to the surprise appearance of an impersonator playing Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s authoritarian leader. No one really knows North Korea’s motivation behind sending this unusual squad to the Pyeongchang games, but experts in the country’s policy believe it may be an attempt to retain a little bit of limelight and soften the closed-off country’s image. Whether it’s working, though, seems to be an open question. [In Photos: North Korea’s Cheerleading Squad] Army of beauties The North Korean squad, sometimes known as the “Army of Beauties,” has appeared at several Asian sporting events since 2002. According to The New York Times, which interviewed a defector who used to be on the squad, the women are chosen for their looks, height, talent and family connections. They’re tightly controlled, with handlers shepherding them from event to event and even to meals at the Olympic Games. The… Read full this story
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