North Korea banned skinny jeans as a symbol of a capitalistic lifestyle.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has banned skinny jeans, mullets, and certain body piercings as symbols of a “capitalistic lifestyle.”
It followed a state-run newspaper warning that more needs to be done to stop “capitalistic culture” from taking over the country.
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 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 behavior”.
The communist regime has reportedly outlawed all but 15 “non-socialist” haircuts and has instead issued an order on “proper” hairstyles.
As well as mullets, spiky and dyed hair are no longer authorized according to documents published by the Socialist Patriotic Youth League and seen by Rodong Sinmum. Members of the state-run youth organization often act as the nation’s “fashion police” and their duties include stopping people from wearing clothes that look too “foreign”.
Skinny jeans, nose and lip piercings, as well as branded T-shirts are also forbidden.