Monday, June 26, 2006

Why doesn't the Dear Leader ever wear suits?

By chance I came across some answers to this question of why we always see Kim Jong-Il in his jumper and not western-style business suits.As the Daily NK reports it anyways, Kim might choose the jumpers for one of two reasons- because he wants to embody and represent the masses, or because the combination of his protruding belly and a bulletproof vest don't do justice to his otherwise glorious physique. Whatever his reasons, it only seems appropriate that Kim shuns what the rest of the world's leaders consider etiquette. Other defectors have commented that Kim doesn't wear a suit because it makes him look short; indeed the article has an early picture of Kim in a suit, but wearing height-enhancing shoes. You can find the poorly translated article here:

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