What happened to North Korea's first lady?

She may have gone too far, however, by replacing the Kim lapel badge with more feminine flowered brooches.

South Korean media have reported that Ri has not been seen in public for 40 days, giving rise to inevitable speculation about her fate.

Commenting that in pictures of Ri without the all-important Kim badge that she looked “confident,” the NK News web site suggested that her fashion choices “may have riled some of the older and more conservative figures within the leadership.”