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North Korean men to have same hairstyle as Kim Jong Un

It is reporter Kim Jong-un likes his hair to be bouffant on top to make him look taller Photo: Reuters

Men in North Korea are being forced to have the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, according to local media.

Very short back and sides required for the 'Dear Leader Kim Jong-un' cut Credit: AP

The 'Dear Leader Kim Jong-un' style was introduced in the capital Pyongyang two weeks ago, and has now been rolled out across the country.

The state-sanctioned guidelines are not the first to outline restrictions on looks. In February both men and women were given a small choice of different hairstyles to choose from.

Until recently men in North Korea has a choice of 10 hairstyles Credit: AP
This picture in a hairdresser in Pyongyang show women have a little more choice Credit: AP

The Korea Times claims not everyone is happy with the crop as it resembles that of a Chinese smuggler.

A source told Korean Times the style was practical.

Our leader’s haircut is very particular, if you will. It doesn’t always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.

– Source, Korean Times

A former Pyongyang resident, who now lives in China, said the style was usually shunned, as it was associated with Chinese smugglers. "Until the mid-2000s, we called it the ‘Chinese smuggler haircut'," they said.