Respected First Lady
|First Lady of North Korea|
15 April 2018
|Supreme Leader||Kim Jong-un|
|Preceded by||Kim Song-ae|
|Born||28 September 1989|
Kim Jong-un (m. 2009)
|Alma mater||Kim Il-sung University (PhD)|
|Revised Romanization||Ri Seol-ju|
Early life Edit
Not much information is known about her origins; some analysts have said her name is almost certainly a "pseudonym" Reportedly it says she was born in 28 September 1989. Her family is reportedly a political elite; her mother is said to be the head of a gynecology ward and her father is a professor.
She is also said to be related to Ri Pyong-chol a former anti-air force general of the Korean People's Army and close advisor to Kim Jong-un. It is said that North Korean officials are trying to erase her past as a singer by removing popular bootleg CDs of her performances. Ri is reportedly a graduate student from Kim Il-sung University, pursing a PhD in science.
Marriage and family Edit
Kim Jong-il had quickly arranged and ordered Ri Sol-ju to get married to his son, Kim Jong-un after suffering a stroke in 2008. They both got married in 2009, although the marriage date is unknown.
In 2013, American basketball player, Dennis Rodman had visited North Korea to meet Kim and told The Guardian in September 2013 that she had gave birth to a girl named “Kim Ju-ae”. South Korean intelligence officials claim she had gave birth to a third child in 2017 although the gender remains unknown.
First Lady of North Korea Edit
In July 2012, North Korean officials had said that she was Kim's wife, “Comrade Ri Sol-ju” after people thought she was not Kim's wife. From 2012 through 2014, she appeared in the North Korean media, with her husband to events. She had spent much time out the public eye for three years.
In 2018, Ri took on a diplomatic role and in March 2018 , she had visited China with her husband meeting Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. Ri was said to have made back to back summits and meetings with her husband to China five times, and in April 2018, ahead of the 2018 inter-Korean summit.
Fashion Influence Edit
During the visitation summit to China, it was said she wore a camel cropped jacket with a matching midi skirt and court shoes with a necklace, ear studs, and a shiny pink and gold butterfly-shaped brooch.
Ri also wore a white jacket and an apple green dress with a brown flower-shaped ribbon brooch and a nude leather clutch and at a lunch with Xi and Peng at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where her and husband stayed, she changed into an ivory two-piece dress with floral decorations on the collar and soft frilled sleeves. 
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