PEOPLE Explains: All About the North Korean Cheerleaders Turning Heads at the Winter Olympics

One of the weirdest spectacles at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang is a train of 229 young, female cheerleaders from the hermetically sealed dictatorship of North Korea. They’re impeccably, if somewhat oddly, dressed in matching outfits. The cameras can’t get enough of them. And critics grumble that they’re lending charm to a repressive regime.

Here’s what to know:

Chosen for looks and loyalty

Little is known about the North Korean cheerleaders, but defectors from the world’s most secretive nation have said they’re drawn from elite families closely tied into the ruling class. Often...

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By: - Wednesday, 14 February

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