- Moranbong is an all-female music group in North Korea, formed in 2012
- It is believed that Kim himself formed the band as a symbol of his country's turn to modernity
- The new, contemporary uniforms for the air hostesses of the national carrier also signify the nation's turn to the west
(CNN)The young women step across the stage, wielding their violins like weapons, their gem-laden high heels reflecting the overhead stage lights against the black stage. The 20-something-year-old songstresses bear all the markings of your average pop music girl band, down to their fitted outfits and perfectly coiffed tresses.