According to reports, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has banned skinny jeans, mullets, and certain body piercings as symbols of a “capitalistic lifestyle.”
It comes after a state-run newspaper warned that more needs to be done to prevent the country from succumbing to “capitalistic culture,” according to the Yonhap news agency in South Korea.
Rodong Sinmum, the North Korean government’s official newspaper, published an article expressing concern about young North Koreans increasingly adopting western fashion trends.
“We must be wary of even the slightest sign of the capitalist lifestyle and fight to get rid of them,” the article said. The new fashion rules are part of the regime’s crackdown on “anti-socialist behaviour”.
According to the newspaper, the communist regime has outlawed all but 15 “non-socialist” haircuts and instead issued an order on “proper” hairstyles.
According to documents obtained by Rodong Sinmum from the Socialist Patriotic Youth League, mullets, spiky, and dyed hair are no longer permitted. Members of the state-run youth organisation frequently act as the country’s “fashion police,” stopping people from wearing clothes that appear too “foreign.”
According to Metro, skinny jeans, nose and lip piercings, and branded T-shirts are also prohibited.