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North Korean Women Embrace Western Fashion By Stealth

In this file photo, North Korean women walk towards a subway station after work, September 16, 2002 in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Japan Pool/Getty Images)
In this file photo, North Korean women walk towards a subway station after work, September 16, 2002 in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Japan Pool/Getty Images)

A North Korean woman crossing the street in high heels carrying a knock off designer handbag might not seem jaw dropping to an outsider, but...

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