"Upper eyelid surgeries and cosmetic tattoos on eyebrows, lips and the corners of eyes [eyelashes] are widespread in North Korea," reported a source in Pyongyang.
"Many women want plastic surgeries regardless of deprivation and food shortages."
Beauty over basic needs?
One has to wonder how much of this sentiment is possibly universal and how much is helped along by hallyu, or the Korean Wave, South Korea's own version of social propaganda emanating out of Seoul with enough force to at least trickle over its walled-off neighbor to the north.
Of course, there's always something more productive that can be done with "cosmetic dollars," whether you're talking about in the Third World or in the First.
It all boils down to a matter of priorities.