Judging from international practices, it's widely acceptable for air stewardesses to show some leg, and surprisingly, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un doesn't seem to have an issue with that.
Proud of the new uniform of national carrier Air Koryo, he allowed a state-run organisation to showcase attractive female attendants in mini-shirts in its 2017 calendar, a move that has surprised foreign observers who would expect them to don the puffy traditional gowns to represent the regimented state.
In fact, it was the North Korean leader himself who had ordered the state-owned airline, to change the flight attendants' uniforms in 2012 among other things to keep abreast with the times.
It discarded the frumpy Soviet-era red outfits the following year (2013) and also its updated in-flight menus with dishes more appealing than the commonplace burger.
Published by the state-run Korea Publications Export and Import Corporation, the new calendar shows porcelain-skinned stewardesses in elegant dark navy dress suits with short-skirts inches above the knee, black pump heels and pill-box hats.
They were photographed in locations at the airport and on board. One calendar photo shows an attendant pouring out a beer.
The departure from the use of photos of scenic and cultural attractions of the enigmatic communist state in its calendars suggest that Kim is opening up his country to more tourism.
A North Korea source told Yonhap News: "It is the first time a North Korean calendar carries photos of female flight attendants, way different from previous calendars that mostly carried bland photos of scenic views and cultural sites."
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