All North Korean Men Ordered to Sport Kim Jong Un's Haircut

Known by some as 'Chinese smuggler haircut,' the Dear Leader's hairstyle will no longer be his alone.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 25, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. AFP

Men in North Korea have been ordered to get the same haircut as their Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un, according to media reports.

State-sanctioned "fashion guidelines" were introduced in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, about two weeks ago and are now being applied across the country, the Korea Times reported Wednesday.

In recent photographs, Kim Jong Un can be seen wearing his hair relatively long on top, short at the back and closely shaved on the sides. Soon, all the other men in the country will sport this style, too, media reports said.

A former Pyongyang resident now living in China said many consider Kim Jong Un's hairstyle to be unpopular, telling Radio Free Asia that until the mid-2000s, "we called it the 'Chinese smuggler haircut'," because those who had a similar haircut were thought to look like smugglers.

Another said many did not want to get their leader's haircut, saying it is "very particular, if you will."

"It doesn't always go with everyone, since everyone has different face and head shapes", he told Radio Free Asia.