Kim Yo Jong: Meet the 'Ivanka Trump' of North Korea

From education to political involvement, from personal life to media appearances, see how similar these two most influential ladies of world are

Who are Kim Yo Jong & Ivanka Trump?

Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Trump is a businesswoman and a former model is also a White House "advisor".

36-year-old Ivanka was born in the limelight and is currently one of the most influential women in the US.

She appeared on the cover of ELLE magazine and walked the runway of several popular international brands at the age of 17.

She worked alongside her father and two brothers as a judge on Celebrity Apprentice.

She is currently an executive vice president at the Trump Organization and founder of her own fashion brand, the Ivanka Trump Collection.

Kim Yo Jong, younger sister of North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un, is also a member of the Worker's Party of Korea and deputy director of WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department.

She manages her brother's public events, itineraries and logistical needs. Kim Yo Jong got media attention during her father's funeral service when she appeared several times with her brother in 2011.

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Power women

Ivanka is a White House advisor to President Donald Trump which in itself a very influential post in the US. She has almost unmatched authority in the family business.

During the 2016 US presidential polls, Ivanka played an integral role in fulfilling her father's White House ambitions, actively defending his remarks and backing his plans.

Kim is currently the deputy director of WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department and media reports suggest that she has been groomed by Kim Jong Un to replace their aunt Kim Kyong-hui -- with whom Kim Jong is said to have a good relation -- to be his support system.

She also holds a vice-ministerial post but her portfolio is not known and this is an indication that her newly assigned position would also put her in charge of the state security department which is a powerful post as North Korea is known for its military power.

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Ivanka vs Kim

Ivanka did her primary education from a boarding school. She was a student at the Chapin School and then later transferred to Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut.

She graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and planned to join the family real estate business.

Kim Yo was earlier sent to Berne, Switzerland along with his brothers for early education where she attended the elementary education.

She returned to North Korea in 2000 having completed the US equivalent of sixth grade.

There is no information on whether she has completed her secondary education or she did some coursework at Kim Il Sung University.

She also completed some coursework at a western European university.

She sufficiently completed her education to be appointed a junior cadre in the central party.

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Marriage & life

Ivanka married Jared Kushner in 2009, the couple has three children Arabella Rose (born July 2011) and sons Joseph Frederick (born October 2013) and Theodore James Kushner (born March 2016).

Kim, media reports say is currently married to Choe Song the younger son of KWP secretary Choe Ryong Hae.

Her rumoured husband works in the KWP Finance and Accounting Department and is said to have ties to her office.

Some media reports claimed that Kim Yo-jong was pregnant and was expecting a child in May 2015.

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How often they appear in front of media?

Both of them were born with a silver spoon but Ivanka gained celebrity status in her teens when she pursued her modelling career.

On the other hand, Kim Yo Jong has recently gained international importance after she visited South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics recently.

All eyes are now on Kim as she embarks on uncharted territory - creating harmony between the two Korea's even as brother watches every move his sister makes across the border.

Can this media-shy North Korean bring about peace in the Korean peninsula?

Source: AFP/Screen grabs taken from North Korea's KCTV

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