North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has banned skinny jeans, red mullet and some body piercings as symbols of a “capitalist lifestyle”.
It follows a warning from a state newspaper that more needs to be done to prevent “capitalist culture” from taking hold of the country, South Korean news agency Yonhap said.
Rodong Sinmum, the official newspaper of the North Korean government, published an article expressing concern about young North Koreans increasingly embracing Western fashion trends. “We must beware of any sign of the capitalist lifestyle and strive to get rid of it,” the article says. The new fashion rules are part of the regime’s crackdown on “anti-socialist behavior”.
The Communist regime reportedly banned all but 15 “non-socialist” haircuts and instead issued an order on “appropriate” hairstyles, the newspaper said.
Besides mules, spiky and dyed hair is no longer allowed according to documents released by the Socialist Patriotic Youth League and seen by Rodong Sinmum. Members of the state-run youth organization often act as the country’s “fashion police” and their job is to prevent people from wearing clothes that seem too “foreign”.
Skinny jeans, nose and lip piercings, and designer T-shirts are also banned, according to Metro.