North Korea's 'army of beauties' cheerleading team

Maybe more notable, though, is the competition debut of another team. A swath of North Korea cheerleaders, a group of 230 women sent from North Korea dubbed its “army of beauties,” was sitting in the stands and garnering a lot of attention. The women are reportedly selected by strict beauty standards set by leader Kim Jong Un, who married one of its former members.

Jason Owens

<p>North Korean cheerleaders walk to their accomodation at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex, in Inje, north of Pyeongchang, on February 7, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders walk to their accomodation at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex, in Inje, north of Pyeongchang, on February 7, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders arrive at a rest stop as their bus convoy carrying a 280-member delegation on its way to the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympic games, makes its way past Gapyeong on February 7, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders arrive at a rest stop as their bus convoy carrying a 280-member delegation on its way to the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympic games, makes its way past Gapyeong on February 7, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between Switzerland and the Unified Korean team during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 10, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between Switzerland and the Unified Korean team during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 10, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders perform during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round, Group B match between North Korea and Switzerland on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders perform during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round, Group B match between North Korea and Switzerland on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

<p>North Korean cheerleaders hold “unification flags” as they gather ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders hold “unification flags” as they gather ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018.

<p>Members of the North Korean cheering band wave ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

Members of the North Korean cheering band wave ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders sing and wave prior to the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders sing and wave prior to the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

<p>North Korean cheerleaders perform during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between the unified Korea team loose to Switzerland at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 10, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders perform during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between the unified Korea team loose to Switzerland at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 10, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders sing and wave during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round – Group B game between Switzerland and Korea on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders sing and wave during the Women’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round – Group B game between Switzerland and Korea on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>North Korea’s cheerleaders cheer during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between Switzerland and the Unified Korean team during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 10, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korea’s cheerleaders cheer during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between Switzerland and the Unified Korean team during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 10, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders perform during a welcoming ceremony for North Korea’s Olympic team at the Olympic Village in Gangneung on February 8, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders perform during a welcoming ceremony for North Korea’s Olympic team at the Olympic Village in Gangneung on February 8, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders wave flags showing a unified Korean peninsula as they perform following the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between the unified Korea team and Switzerland at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 10, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders wave flags showing a unified Korean peninsula as they perform following the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between the unified Korea team and Switzerland at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 10, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders arrive to participate in a welcoming ceremony for North Korea’s Olympic team at the Olympic Village in Gangneung on February 8, 2018, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders arrive to participate in a welcoming ceremony for North Korea’s Olympic team at the Olympic Village in Gangneung on February 8, 2018, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

<p>North Korea’s cheerleaders cheer during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between Switzerland and the Unified Korean team during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 10, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korea’s cheerleaders cheer during the women’s preliminary round ice hockey match between Switzerland and the Unified Korean team during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 10, 2018.

<p>Members of the North Korean cheering band wave flags ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

Members of the North Korean cheering band wave flags ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders arrive at a rest stop, or service station, as their bus convoy carrying a 280-member delegation on its way to the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympic games, makes its way past Gapyeong on February 7, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders arrive at a rest stop, or service station, as their bus convoy carrying a 280-member delegation on its way to the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympic games, makes its way past Gapyeong on February 7, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders wave ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders wave ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders walk to their accomodation at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex, in Inje, north of Pyeongchang, on February 7, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders walk to their accomodation at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex, in Inje, north of Pyeongchang, on February 7, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

<p>North Korean cheerleaders walk to their accomodation at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex, in Inje, north of Pyeongchang, on February 7, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. </p>
North Korea cheerleaders

North Korean cheerleaders walk to their accomodation at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex, in Inje, north of Pyeongchang, on February 7, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

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