The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin on Friday in Pyeongchang,South Korea and given the state of affairs between North Korea,South Korea,and the United States,all eyes will be on more than just the athletes.Today,state media in North Korea announced that their leader,Kim Jong-un,issending his younger sisterand close advisor,Kim Yo-jong,with his country's delegation to the Opening Ceremony.This is a pretty big deal in that no member of the Kim dynasty has ever evenset footin South Korea and speculation is running rampant about what kind of message he is trying to send.
For much of that,we will just have to wait and see.Vice President Mike Pence is leading the US delegation for the Opening Ceremony while Ivanka Trump will berepresentingthe United States at the Closing Ceremony.Pence hassaidof the North Koreans,"I have not requested a meeting,but we'll see what happens." CNNnotes,however,that last year the US Treasury Department included Kim Yo-jong on its list of blacklisted officials.As the vice director of the Workers' Party Propaganda and Agitation Department,she has been targeted by US sanctions."
But who is this mysterious sister called,asThe New York Timespoints out,"Kim Jong-un's Ivanka" by South Korean news media?Let's explore and find how much Kim Yo-jong really has in common with Donald Trump's oldest daughter and senior White House aide.
Growing Up Trump v.Growing Up Kim
Unlike the Trump family,who have basically lived their entire lives in front of the cameras,the Kim dynasty is notoriously secretive.We know all about Ivanka's upbringing at prep schools in New York City then college at Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania.Then there are the photo shoots with her father,her own fledgling modeling career,and an appearances on everything from the Teen USA pageant to the 2003 documentary,Born Rich.
Finding details on Kim Yo-jong,on the other hand is tough,even using one's best internet snooping skills.According toNorth Korea Leadership Watch,she was born in September of 1987 and shares the same mother of Kim Jong-un.Much like Ivanka,her father had children with a number of different women and she's got her fair share of half-siblings.She was reportedly educated in Switzerland during her elementary school years under the name "Kim Yo'ng-sun." It's not clear where she completed her secondary education but it is believed she completed some coursework at a western European university.Her whereabouts were basically unknown until 2007 when she was named a junior cadre in the central party under her father.
The Family Dynasty
The Trumps have real estate via theTrump Organization.The Kims have an all-encompassing dictatorship of North Korea.And both daughters started their careers working under their fathers,a position unlikely for either if they weren't part of their family's inner circle.While Ivanka eventually branched out into 威廉希尔备用网址fashion retail,we're not sure anything outside the lines wouldeverbe allowed for Kim Yo-jong,not that we'd necessarily know if she even tried.When her father died in 2011,Kim Jong-un stepped into the supreme leader role and his sister's profile continued torisebehind the scenes.
The Politics of It All
Her father aside,Ivanka is perhaps the most public face of the Trump Administration.After initially playing coy about an official role in the administration,she soon accepted a role as senior advisor (along with her husband Jared Kushner) and moved her family to Washington D.C.She is jokingly referred to as the real First Lady and claims women in the workforce and paid family leave as two of her key issues.Ethical questions surround the entire Trump family at every turn—from the time Ivanka's company used the First Family-electsappearanceon "60 Minutes" to hawk one of her bracelets to the still unclear degree to which she (and her father) havedetangledthemselves financially from the family business.