Photos Of Women In North Korea Show Beauty Crosses All Boundaries

Photographer Mihaela Noroc is on a mission to document diverse beauty by photographing women in every country of the world. Last month, that odyssey took her to North Korea.

“When entering North Korea you step in a different world,” Noroc wrote in a description of the series for The WorldPost. “You already know that you will see huge monuments, statues and communist celebrations but you almost know nothing about North Korean women.”

Noroc, 30, quit her job in Romania to work on the “The Atlas of Beauty” photography project, which has taken her to dozens of countries, from Ethiopia to Iran.

“Beauty is everywhere, and it’s not a matter of cosmetics, money, race or social status, but more about being yourself,” she writes.

Because authorities closely monitor travel around North Korea, Noroc was accompanied by guides and only allowed to visit to certain locations. Even so, she was able to go to four different cities and photograph women in factories, universities, parks and subway stations. She was surprised to find that most women were happy to be photographed.

“Women of North Korea are not familiar with global trends but this doesn’t mean that
they are not preoccupied by their looks,” she writes. “They have a passion for high heels and usually wear classic outfits, always accompanied by a pin, on the chest, representing the country’s former leaders.”

“During celebrations and other special occasions they wear traditional colorful outfits,” Noroc added. “Even the lady that presents the TV news wears this kind of clothes every evening.”

See Noroc’s portraits from North Korea, along with her descriptions of them, below. You can also follow her travels on Facebook and Instagram.

A waitress in Pyongyand |Via Mihaela Noroc
Trains are more used than cars when travelling between cities | Via Mihaela Noroc
Gates of Koryo Museum in Kaesong | Via Mihaela Noroc
People wear pins with the two former great leaders | Via Mihaela Noroc
1st of May stadium is the biggest in the world | Via Mihaela Noroc
One of the big squares of Pyongyang | Via Mihaela Noroc
In Sinuijiu, a city bordering China | Via Mihaela Noroc
Playing instruments is a popular activity | Via Mihaela Noroc
She was working in a hotel in Sinuiju | Via Mihaela Noroc
Student in Pyongyang | Via Mihaela Noroc
During the National Day huge mass dances are organized in big cities | Via Mihaela Noroc
Umbrellas are popular for sun blocking | Via Mihaela Noroc
Textile factory in Pyongyang | Via Mihaela Noroc
Textile factory in Pyongyang | Via Mihaela Noroc
During celebrations or other special occasions women wear traditional outfits | Via Mihaela Noroc
Fishing is very popular in Wonsan | Via Mihaela Noroc

Source: Charlotte Alfred | Photos Of Women In North Korea Show Beauty Crosses All Boundaries

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