The photo shows “Dear Leader’s” coif against an immigrant Chinese selling goods in the marketplace.
“North Korea has apparently ordered all male university students to get a “Dear Leader Kim Jong-un” haircut, according to a BBC report making the rounds on the Internet.
According to a Radio Free Asia report quoted by Korea Times and the BBC, the secretive dictatorship issued a new “fashion guideline” two weeks ago that permitted only one state-sanctioned haircut for young men.
“It started from capital Pyongyang, and now spreading all across the country,” a source told Radio Free Asia, a U.S. government funded non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
Before the young dictator popularized the very distinct cut, North Koreans despised the hairstyle more commonly associated with Chinese smugglers, according to the Korea Times.
“Until the mid-2000, we called it the ‘Chinese smuggler haircut,’” a former Pyongyang resident said.
North Korea reportedly rebranded the hairdo, dubbing it the “Dear Leader Kim Jong-un,” and ordered all university-aged men to get a shaved undercut with long bangs.”
Bahaha! I love the origins of the cut though, a certain Han Solo flair I suppose we could call it.