North Korean men will be mandated by law to adopt haircuts matching that of leader Kim Jong-un, in accordance with a new law initially implemented in the capital, Pyongyang, two weeks ago, and extended to the rest of the country this week, Radio Free Asia reported.
Women will continue selecting a hairstyle from the list of 18 state-approved dos. Prior to this legislation, men were allowed to choose from among 10 different haircuts.
The trademark “Dear Leader Kim Jong-un” haircut is characterized by shaved sides and longer, slicked-back tendrils piled on the top of the head.
Unsurprisingly, citizens are unhappy with this ruling.
“Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will. It doesn’t always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes,” an unnamed source said.
“Until the mid-2000s, we called it the ‘Chinese smuggler haircut,’” said a former Pyongyang resident, now living in China, The Korean Times reported.
A Chinese street food vendor who bears a striking resemblance to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, counts his cash at his barbecue stall in Shenyang, northeast China’s Liaoning province.
Many people are attracted to his stall to take photos with him every day, which not only pushes up his barbecue business but also makes the man a hot topic on the Internet.
It is still unknown whether the man made himself resemble Kim deliberately to boost his business or it is just a coincidence. Every time his fans come to the stall to ask him that question, he always jokes that he will give the answer if they buy more shashliks.