Monday, Aug. 10, 2009

Safari Wear in the Hermit Kingdom

For a man who enjoys the finer things — he reportedly takes pleasure in Hollywood DVDs and expensive liquor, even as millions of North Koreans suffer in extreme hardship — you'd think Kim Jong Il would be a snappier dresser. Kim can mostly be found wearing unflattering khaki safari suits and Kanye West–sized sunglasses, accessorized with five-inch platform shoes to boost the diminutive Dear Leader's height and a high-and-tight pompadour that apparently serves the same purpose. Whereas his ill-fitting suits once did little to conceal Kim's paunch, in recent photographs he has seen wearing clothing several sizes smaller than usual — a result, analysts say, of his recent illness.