South Korea's foreign minister nominee's silver hair draws fans

Kang Kyung-wha, a 62-year-old career diplomat set to become the first female foreign minister, arrived Thursday at Incheon Airport with her silver hair perfectly in shape.
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While many are keen to find out how President Moon Jae-in's new "diplomatic approach" to North Korea will take shape, his foreign minister nominee is drawing attention for her hair colour.

Kang Kyung-wha, a 62-year-old career diplomat set to become the first female foreign minister, arrived Thursday at Incheon Airport with her silver hair perfectly in shape.

She was returning here from New York, where she served as a special policy adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

As reporters flocked toward her for comments, her clean-cut navy suit contrasted visibly with her silver locks.

Her natural hair colour has attracted fans including current presidential chief of staff Lim Jong-seok.

"How amazing is Kang with her silver hair at the UN -- so graceful and fluent while asking for global support on national topics such as candlelight vigils, nuclear disarmament, and peace and co-operation between the two Koreas," Lim wrote on Facebook.

In South Korea, where many women try hard to look younger, Kang's decision to allow her hair to reflect her age is uncommon, particularly for someone with a high-profile job.

In a 2012 interview with a local media outlet, Kang explained her choice to go against the norm.

"My mother begs me to dye my hair because she feels embarrassed about (my hair colour)," said Kang.

"One of my New Year's resolutions in 2008 was not to dye my hair because I didn't want to cover up my true form."

She added that in Geneva, where she used to reside for work, people did not pay much attention to her hair colour.

Kang's confirmation hearing is expected to be held in mid-June at the latest.

Her appointment does not require the consent of the parliament.

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