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Report: College Students in North Korea Must Sport Kim Jong Un’s Haircut

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Posted on Mar 27, 2014

    Now there’s a style that belongs on the cover of Vogue. WANDER (CC BY 2.0)

According to the BBC, in an effort to homogenize and force fashion-forward thinking at universities in his country, Kim Jong Un has mandated that students cut their hair in the likeness of their oh-so-benevolent leader. But don’t worry, it’s just the males that will be apparently subjected to the absurdly narcissistic demand.

BBC News:

Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported.

The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. It is now being rolled out across the country - although some people have expressed reservations about getting the look.

“Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will,” one source tells Radio Free Asia. “It doesn’t always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.” Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. “Until the mid-2000s, we called it the ‘Chinese smuggler haircut’,” the Korea Times reports….

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