New pictures of Eric Laforge.
Eric Laforge – known French photographer. He several times visited North Korea, and during another trip he was able to mingle with the local student-linguistics and to learn which see the lives of the citizens of North Korea. In the end, Eric had heard from her many new things: for example, that hamburgers were invented by Kim Jong-UN, and an unmarried woman can’t get pregnant because “it’s impossible”. What other strange ideas are prevalent in the minds of the citizens of North Korea, reports the Chronicle.TINFO referring to the Chips.
This girl asked to call her miss Kim. She’s 20, she’s studying foreign languages and is considered to be the best student on the course. showing the highest scores in English. During the next, sixth visit French photographer Eric Laforge on North Korea, Ms. Kim was his attendant. Laforge managed a few times to chat with a girl alone, without the participation of Korean officials. Such a possibility is strikingly rare in the DPRK. But what is even more striking is the answers miss Kim on the most simple questions about life, love, fashion. Her beliefs illustrates what inevitably happens with any country that isolates itself from the world.
The only woman in pink among a sea of Khaki: miss Kim is going on a trip with Eric Laforge. For 20 years she never traveled outside his native Pyongyang, and the upcoming trip makes her excited.
Seeing the beautiful gaggle of girls in uniform, Erik just could not photograph them. Usually the Korean guides who work with foreigners, too, wear uniforms. Miss Kim was one of the few who were allowed to accompany foreign photographer in civilian clothes.
Even in Pyongyang Laforge and miss Kim had seen beggars sitting on the streets. But Mrs. Kim still insisted that all Koreans can live well, and well-being in the country all the same.
French photographer and his attendant were at the gigantic administrative building, decorated with portraits of Korean leaders, together with a group of women in traditional dress. During the conversation it turned out that miss Kim is just not, how can you call the leaders of the country just named. So, Kim Il sung, she refers to it as the full title – “the Great leader Kim Il sung”. According to her, Kim Il sung has always been “bearing her soul”, although he died in 1994. When Lafarge asked Ms. Kim whether she believed the current Korean leader, Kim Jong UN is a nice man, she said that the question was “outrageous,” adding that North Korea boys and girls do not even dance together – for this they are too shy.
Seeing the street kid in a suit with Mickey mouse, Laforge asked miss Kim if she knows that kind of character. As it turned out, she didn’t hear anything about Disney or cartoons, nor about the Mickey mouse. “It’s just a mouse. Chinese,” she said.
Some Western influence, however, penetrates into North Korea – however, as shows the case of Ms. Kim, it is, for the most part, unconsciously. This girl obkleivat phone stickers with Mickey mouse, probably also believes that this is simply a Chinese mouse.
The question of why the streets of North Korean cities so many people in uniform, too, didn’t seem to like miss Kim. “They are ordinary citizens who serve their people,” she snapped.
Smiling woman showing North Korea on a huge globe. According to miss Kim, if South Koreans want to join North Korea, North Korean citizens will be happy to welcome them.
The basics of Korean. On the table – an account in Korean up to 50. When Lafarge asked his companion to smile for pictures, she replied that “can’t do”.
Someone in North Korea believe fashionably dressed and whether it has its own fashion? According to miss Kim, “fashion is what citizens of North Korea.” European and American fashion trends here unknown – they just don’t seep through bolted on the border. When Laforge told miss Kim that in Europe and the United States came into fashion ripped jeans with specially for the sake of style, done by the holes, that he simply didn’t believe.
On the way Laforge noticed the woman, who was eating a hamburger in a plastic gloves. Having been surprised, the photographer asked miss Kim why the woman wear gloves. Korean did not understand the astonishment of the photographer. “We always do, – she shrugged. – Not to get dirty”. That is the Burger and who invented it, miss Kim has a very clear idea: according to her, the hamburger was invented by Kim Jong-UN in 2009.
Throughout the journey the photographer took with the iPad. As it turned out, his attendant had no idea what this thing is and what it is used for. When she explained that with the help of this device you can listen to music, watch videos and check e-mail, Ms. Kim once again refused to believe, thinking that the foreigner was trying to play a trick on her.
“Women of North Korea – it’s beautiful flowers,” says miss Kim. In the absence of Western fashion trends fancy is everything that is not a military form in the first place – dress in the national style. What are Korean criteria of beauty? “The woman has to have big eyes, high nose, small mouth and white skin, explains Ms. Kim. – In addition, it should not be too thin.”
Miss Kim still remembers with delight how at the age of seven participated in folk dance in front of members of the government.
At the age of twenty for the first time driving out of Pyongyang, Ms. Kim received for this trip a lot of new experiences. This, for example, a real feast! Of course, non-alcoholic: miss Kim is a nice girl, besides the best student of the course.
Photo for memory. It seems miss Kim still knows how to smile.
The Pyongyang metro is the only one in the country. However, the people here are surprisingly small. Rumored to be metro – only attraction for foreigners which specifically trigger the fake passengers, the task of which is to create the appearance of life in the carriages and at the stations. However, miss Kim indignantly rejected the suggestion that the subway passengers – just the actors, calling it “outrageous.”
The border village. Miss Kim for the first time looking through a telescope to a foreign, unfamiliar country – South Korea. Later, emboldened, she recognizes Laforge that dreams in the future to see other countries. She would love to visit the UK, but did not want to America because he “hates Americans”.
What girl doesn’t love gifts! Ms. Kim is no exception. When the photographer asked her what gift she wants, miss Kim said that the portrait of the great leader Kim Jong-UN would be the best gift. Having received desirable, the girl finally proves to us that he can smile warmly, sincerely and tenderly. So she smiles, looking at the leader.
Ms. Kim is not the only one who likes the leaders of North Korea with all my heart. These family photos on the background of murals and portraits of Kim Il sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong UN is a tradition for most North Korean families.
However, North Korea has scenery is no less beautiful than portraits of the leaders.
For North Koreans, there is no problem of choosing a new hairstyle. There is a state list of recommended hairstyles for men and women, from which they choose the haircut. A list with detailed illustrations can be seen in the public institutions and of course in hairdressing. Hair coloring in the number of state recommendations, in North Korea this procedure is unknown, and hair dye in the country not as a class. However, Ms. Kim argues that every citizen of North Korea has “a lot of freedom of choice.”
The Bicycle is the most popular means of transportation in North Korea, but in Pyongyang the woman on the bike will meet infrequently. To the question why this is so, Ms. Kim answered, “Because it’s dangerous. And because of this you’ll have ugly feet.”
According to Ms. Kim, women ride bikes, mostly in rural areas, because they have no other way to get to something.
Eric Laforge with miss Kim visited North Korea maternity hospital. The idea that an unmarried woman can get pregnant seemed to miss Kim’s incredible. “It just can’t happen,” she said.
Despite the romantic age, 20-year-old miss Kim has no idea about the romantic movie. Her lore of blood”: a Korean film about a mass murder by Japanese residents to North Korea. However, she was watching an American movie “Gladiator”. The movie she liked, but the erotic scenes seemed “obscene.” She heard about Michael Jackson, though not know his songs, but Lady Gaga first learned only from Lafarge. On the question of why Western music comes to North Korea, she replied: “Because nobody wants to listen to it. We prefer Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.”
It’s true ever dream miss Kim to visit Britain. At least until the scoreboard to the departure airport of Pyongyang is only one flight to Beijing.
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