North Korean First Lady Carries Dior While Her Country Starves

Ri Sol-Ju, wife of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (aka Lil’ Kim), is our out-of-touch person of the day as she was recently spotted carrying a Dior handbag worth more than what most citizens of her impoverished country make in a year.

North Korea has been struggling with food shortages since the mid ’90s, when a famine wiped hundreds of thousands of people. The UN estimated that 3 million out of the country’s 24 million people would need food aid this year, which is 12.5 percent of the population. Meanwhile, the wife of the¬†supreme leader (yes, that is his official title) sports a quilted lambskin Dior purse worth¬†1.8 million Korean won, about $1,595 USD. That is roughly equivalent to the country’s average annual income, Telegraph reports. Talk about a wealth gap.

Bad political move, Sol-ju. Not that it matters, because Kim Jong-un will remain the country’s Dear Leader whether the citizens like it our not, but it can’t hurt to pretend you care about your people.


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