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North Korea reportedly mandates ‘Kim Jong Un’ haircuts

North Korea reportedly mandates ‘Kim Jong Un’ haircuts

KIM JONG UN HAIRCUTS FOR EVERYONE! The rumor has it this is the hottest new look in North Korea. Photo: Associated Press

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A sign showing photos of example haircuts hangs in a barbershop in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

As if it wasn’t bad enough that North Koreans already had to choose their hairstyles from a list of state-approved ‘dos, now all men are reportedly being required to maintain a style matching that of Supreme Leader, and American basketball fan, Kim Jong Un.

The state-ordered hairstyle is being met with some backlash, The Korea Times, an English-language daily newspaper based in South Korea, reported on Wednesday.

American-based NKNews.org reports that the hairstyle mandate may be just a rumor, but does state that it wouldn’t be the first time North Korea involved itself in the personal appearance of its citizens. According to the site, state TV broadcast a program aimed at promoting hair “in accordance with Socialist lifestyle” that urged people to keep their hair neatly trimmed.

That show, which reportedly aired in 2005, suggested men visit a barber every 15 days to keep long hair at bay, as long locks are thought to sap nutrients- and therefore possible brainpower – from the wearer.

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