The latest in a string of curious reports to emerge from North Korea suggests students have been instructed to adopt a ‘Dear Leader’ haircut in honour of Kim Jong-un.
According to a BBC report, state-imposed sanctions have been introduced in the capital and are reportedly being enforced throughout the country.
But not everyone is happy with the latest guidelines. “Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will. It doesn’t always go with everyone, since everyone has a different face and head shapes,” one source told Radio Free Asia.
A North Korean currently living in China reportedly told the Korea Times the look is less than popular in his home state. “Until the mid-2000s, we called it the ‘Chinese smuggler haircut’,” they said.
Haircuts seem to have been state-approved in North Korea for some time, with the launch of a recent ‘anti-long hair’ TV campaign called “Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle.”
As usual with stories from North Korea, the latest reports have sparked interest worldwide.
All North Korean men ordered to sport Kim Jong Un's haircut http://t.co/BI6QV78ZXx *** But what if you're bald? ***
— Daryl Maksymec (@sidepix) March 26, 2014
Kim Jong Un fired those two missiles into the ocean because fish refused to get his haircut.
— CC:Indecision (@indecision) March 26, 2014
Surely not even Kim Jong Un wants a Kim Jong Un haircut?
— Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann) March 26, 2014