North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has revealed a new haircut and a new eyebrowcut at a politburo meeting on February 18.
Kim Jong-un attended a meeting of the political bureau of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang.
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The hairstyle is a variation on Kim Jong-un’s signature shaved sides, but with the top now sculpted into a high, wedge-shaped pompadour that sits atop the North Korean leader’s head like a hat.
Kim Jong-un accessorized his new look with partially-shaven eyebrows that now stop just above his pupils.
New reports claim that North Korean men are now required to get the same haircut as Kim Jong-un.
The new guidelines were introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, media reports say. They are now being rolled out across the country – although some people have reservations about getting the look.
“Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will,” one source tells Radio Free Asia.
North Korean men are now required to get the same haircut as Kim Jong-un (photo Getty Images)
“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.
It seems that haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time – until now people were only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men.
Earlier, North Korea’s state TV launched a campaign against long hair, called Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle.
Kim Jong-un’s father, late leader Kim Jong-il, who ruled North Korea for 17 years, sported a bouffant hairstyle, reportedly in order to look taller.