Stunning pictures of Kim Jong-Un’s wife, Ri Sol-Ju, have sparked an internet meme making her one of the most talked-about women in North Korea. Here’s what everything you need to know about Ri Sol-Ju and her rise to fame as the First Lady of North Korea.
Ri Sol-Ju, First Lady of North Korea
In addition to being a fashion trailblazer in North Korea, Ri Sol-Ju is also seen as a symbol of virtue and purity by many. As is typical for first ladies in many countries, she does not have much of an official government role. Her public appearances are almost always focused on her husband’s on-the-spot guidance events or inspection tours. However, women in North Korea have praised her influence because of her passion for improving their lifestyles, particularly when it comes to clothing and style. High heels have become all the rage among women since Ri became the first lady and that probably says something about how much power she wields behind closed doors. She has even been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin stilettos herself!
How old is Ri Sol-Ju?
Ri Sol-Ju is a 33-year-old former singer and star of North Korea’s Unhasu Orchestra. Ri’s life as a leader’s wife has been spent largely out of view, and her age, children, and even date of birth have only recently come to light. The new first lady was reportedly born in 1989 and attended secondary school with Kim Jong-un at the International School of Berne in Switzerland before leaving for Pyongyang University of Music and Dance to study singing in 1999. She worked as a singer for several years before marrying Kim Jong-un in 2009.
When was Ri Sol-Ju married to Kim Jong Un?
It is reported that Ri Sol-Ju married Kim in 2009 when she was 20 years old. It is also rumored that they dated while they were teenagers; however, there are no public photos of them together. In July 2012, Ms. Ri was introduced to the public as Kim’s Jon wife.
Is she a mother?
Ri Sol-Ju, 33, is a mother of three. She gave birth to her first child in 2009 and two more children followed in 2012 and 2013. She’s often photographed with her children at public events wearing heels. She reportedly wears heels because of ankle surgery she had in her early 20s after having a horseback riding accident. Ri was made famous for being Kim Jong-un’s wife before he was even announced as leader of North Korea in December 2011.
Who are the Parents of Ri Sol-Ju?
Ri Sol-Ju’s earlier life is a “pseudonym“. We know very little, in fact, nothing about her earlier life. It is reported that she belonged to a political elite.
Does she have any siblings?
South Korean intelligence officials claim Ri has no brother or sister and that it is unlikely that someone with such a background would be chosen for such an important position by Kim Jong Un. Another possibility is that her parents moved from South Korea to North Korea during the 1950–1953 Korean War.
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What is the Net worth of Ri Sol-Ju?
It is estimated that Ri Sol-Ju’s net worth start at $1 million, although some think it could be much higher. It is hard to know exactly what Kim Jong-Un’s wife Ri Sol-Ju does for a living. She may have attended a university in Europe and worked for one of her husband’s company’s before marrying him in 2009. In July 2012, she was publicly acknowledged as being Kim Jong Un’s wife for the first time by official state media, indicating that she had become one of North Korea’s most influential women.
What else do we know about her?
There’s a lot we don’t know about Ri Sol-Ju, the first lady of North Korea. She has been described as stylish and charismatic. And when she isn’t fulfilling her duties as the first lady, she works as a top aide for her husband, Kim Jong-un. So what does it mean to be married to such an enigmatic and powerful man? Most recently, new reports suggest that she could become North Korea’s No 2.