The Atlas of Beauty: Photographer Mihaela Noroc Provides a Rare Look at Women in North Korea

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“She was working in a hotel in Sinuiju”

Over two years ago, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc embarked on an ambitious quest to document diverse examples of beauty around the world through stunning portraits of women from more than 37 countries. Her journey has taken her to a diverse range of lands, including Tibet, Iran, Brazil, and the US, but her latest destination is particularly noteworthy—none other than North Korea, the isolated and rarely photographed East Asian nation.
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