In a true display of absurdity, North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un has mandated that all men wear the same hairstyle as the leader himself. The rest of the world collectively responds with “What?”
Kim Jong-un’s hairstyle, a styled mop on the top with skin on the sides, is hardly the height of fashion. Some in North Korea are speaking out against the decision.
North Korea is now requiring all university students to cut their hair in the same style as Kim Jong-un, while the government pushes a campaign to force all men of all ages to do the same. The new campaign is politicized as a national movement to “trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle.”
Radio Free Asia has reported on the story with sources remarking, “Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will.” The source goes on to say “It doesn’t always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.”
In the past, the North Korean government has mandated similar requirements for men and women alike. There are only 18 hairstyles that women can choose from; only 10 for men. Everyone must cut their hair in one of these pre-chosen fashions. The Korea Times states that Kim Jong-un’s haircut is colloquially called the “Chinese smuggler’s cut.”
Due to the extreme secrecy of North Korean citizens, it isn’t apparent what the consequences are for not abiding by the new mandate.
What if you’re already bald?
What a world we live in.