The Terrifying Danger Of Wearing Makeup In North Korea | Shady | Refinery29

The Terrifying Danger Of Wearing Makeup In North Korea | Shady | Refinery29



On this episode of Shady, our host Lexy Lebsack travels to Korea to uncover the reason behind the danger of wearing makeup in North Korea. An underground network of women are smuggling beauty products into the country as an act of rebellion. Press play to watch this week’s Shady!

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  • Refinery29 Reply

    We believe that all beauty products should be readily available to who ever wants them. What do you believe?

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Soib Hussain Reply

    It's all because of d dictator who thinks he's a badman😑😑

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Paige Hollingsworth Reply

    The blonde girl in this reminds me so much of Whitney Powell from the Hills. I could also see her with a job like this too

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Eguzzisme Reply

    I wish that the citizens of North Korea could rise up, and topple that nutjob dictator. I wish someone would be brave enough to get them to fight. It breaks my heart to see how completely oppressed they are, and western countries don’t do a damn thing, because there is no financial benefit to it. I can guarantee you that if they found oil/ natural gas underground in North Korea, they powerful western nations would do an “operation freedom” the way they have done in Middle Eastern countries. Those people don’t have any rights. Kim Jong Un, and his father before him imprison generations of family members, they’ll imprison a son who is innocent, for what a father or even grandfather has done. It is just heartbreaking.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Pizza Time Reply

    We just need a good CIA government toppling

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Rajan Sharma Reply

    i laugh and cry when i see situations of women in and around world even in 2019………….prayers from india

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • BANGTAN IS MY LIFEU Reply

    Well I guess BTS is gonna follow me everywhere….

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • alp Reply

    Hard to believe she was smuggling.. Sorry i dont buy this made up story. Make a video for 250 k homeless women in Usa. They cant even reach period pads, not only cosmetics

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Team Jesus with Trigger Holaday Reply

    North Korea is the same as Adolf Hitler regime . Hello, these people need help

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Erin Lorenzo Reply

    WHO ELSE SCREAMED COS JOHNNY SHOWED UP

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Monika gee Reply

    sum ting wong wit nord koryeaaahhh

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • silvia garcia Reply

    I don't understand how wearing make up is freedom for a woman… really… we are beautiful just natural already there are major problems to fight for in regards to freedom and justice.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Jessica Jimenez Reply

    Clickbait

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Only Tae no coffee Reply

    Omg i saw bts in there 😂👍

    But really though
    North Korea isn't a country
    Its second hand hell

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Queenie x Reply

    Ummm is it safe to be broadcasting her sounds like this on YouTube???? Next thing we know she is murdered

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • andi Reply

    soft power/hard power talk rly taking me back to apush in high school 😤

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • JD Krasinki Reply

    EXCELLENT EPISODE I MUST SAY… Just excellent

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Maria Hernandez Reply

    North Korea's leader is another millennial giving millenials a bad name. We are seen as lazy, disrectful, and want everything handed to us, when in reality, it's totally the opposite. This guy now adds power hungry to the ever growing list of millennial negatives.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Momo Bamba Reply

    Make-up is shit. Ruins your skin. Beauty literally is fucking pain.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • renjun anti Reply

    PEEP NCT

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Harmony Hill Reply

    Is nobody going to mention how gorgeous those two women are???

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Erin Reply

    Its worse than they let on. You cant have your own religion, your children are tricked to inform higher authorities if your parents are doing something illegal, you are always aware because one mistake you make, isnt just going to be fucking hell for you, its going to effect your family, your friends, neighbors, anyone. It's terrible, and it NEEDS to be stopped.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Jessie James Sambilad Reply

    Omg I noticed her name sounds like mine

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Ellie Adorabizzle Reply

    She has such an amazing brother, taking is life to save his family’s

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Alyssa Reply

    It is almost 2020. Depressing to see countries at much lower levels than the rest of the modern world. They deserve much, much more freedom.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • 4 O’clock Reply

    I was just watching this and @ 4:30 I just screamed JOHNNY! by accident. But oh man wow, this is so sad to see a whole country with no freedom at all. Like they don't have some of the basic things like Makeup and the internet. I really do hope that N-Korea will become more open country that let's people live like how they want.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • reality check Reply

    The pretty lady: “Hundreds of orders is small”
    Me: good god

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • I34anbulunRuhu Reply

    North korea is earth’s hell

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • JR GEE Reply

    Pervertion getting tainted getting bad influence. Make up is like worldly sins compared to a natural woman. Imagine the woman there are natural beauty.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Emma 방탄 Reply

    I suddenly see Johnny and Taeyong

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Weronika Pacula Reply

    this series is amazing

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Weronika Pacula Reply

    when she got happy they were both neutral skin tones it made me so sad that a young beautiful woman like her had to go through all of that just to enjoy something she likes

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Candice Waller Reply

    I don't really care about make-up and passed on this video a couple of times when it popped up. I'm SO GLAD I finally watched it! What an interestingly powerful tool, subversive and rebellious. I never would have known. Thank you for this insight.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Sarah Leavitt Reply

    These are the women modern feminists should be defending. Women who are actually oppressed and/or in danger.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Forhad Ahmed Reply

    Makeup?…I don't know whether to laugh or feel sad…

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Random dude Reply

    I'm using Dr.Jardt's ceramide cream. One of the few things my skin likes.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Traina Reply

    How can people dislike this video?

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Courtney Reply

    Someone please explain… You name a group and show faces of people who are going against the iron fist rule, WHY? They're probably all dead now.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Rumiko Bailey Reply

    This video is here to take advantage of the state of North Korea to promote their business… make up doesn’t encourage self-expression, it encourages everyone to look the same as everyone else… make up doesn’t define who u r…. and beauty being used an weapon is a very bad thing… cause it makes the people who are not pretty feel worse… there are more better ways to express individuality and even more ways to fight the system… this is not it.. don’t be fooled by a product advertisement

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Annie Yiu Reply

    bruh im korean and like its ridiculous how kim jung eun tortures these ppl… like this isnt abt beauty, goverments of north korea, u gotta understand if u wanna control them, u dont use HARD POWER u use SOFT POWER. and even if u do no ones gonna like u cuz every single person hates kim jung eun (except for trump) and ive heard from ppl that many ppl who fled r still scared to speak up because theyre scared they might b punished by north korea.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • RoseyTae Reply

    that’s actually disgusting. everyone has a right to expression themselves and just rights in general. i really hope changes are made.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • AMBALAMB Reply

    It's 2019, we should not n3ed to have resistanse of any kind. If the rest of the world know's that this is what's happening in North Korea, why arent we doing anything?!

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Fe Lina Reply

    More shady videos please💖

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Mitocondria S. Reply

    That woman needs a whole movie on her. 😭😭😭

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Livi Loo Reply

    I have NOTHING to complain about living in America.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Leah Rayne Winston Reply

    North-Korea is
    a̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶n̶t̶r̶y̶ ̶
    a̶ ̶p̶r̶i̶s̶o̶n̶
    Hell

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Madalyne Reply

    It's like a mixture between the holocaust and the underground railroad. As Americans we really do take our freedom for granted sometimes.

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Religionfree Reply

    Christian fundimentalist would love this!

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm
  • Kim Minjoon Reply

    they included clc SO PROUD

    June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm

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