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North Korea's Dictator Is Really Into His Haircut

There are reports that Kim Jong-un is requiring all North Korean males to get his signature cut.

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It's hard to know if the reports circulating are true: North Korea is one of the most censored countries in the world. According to unnamed sources, new guidelines mandate that all male citizens have Kim Jong-Un's plush cut, the BBC reported.

While some news reports have referred to the do as the "Dear Leader haircut," this nickname refers to Jong-Un's father, and his haircut is based on his grandfathers style, North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung, according to Animal New York.

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But we do know that North Korea has regulated haircuts before: the highly-militarized state has prohibited all but 10 hairstyles for males and 18 for females. In 2005, the media campaigned against long hair.

Here's Kim Jong-un working the look while lounging with his wife.

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In December, 2013, North Korean media reported that Jong-un ordered his uncle executed, accusing him of being a traitor. In January 24, he reportedly ordered the family of his uncle, including children, be executed, too.

Or worry about any of those perfectly-placed hairs getting in the food.

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The government uses an array of abusive tactics — including murder, starvation, slavery, torture, and sexual violence — to terrorize "the population into submission," according to a report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights.

With this haircut, you're bound to win every election.

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On March 10, Jong-un was re-elected to North Korea's highest legislative body. He reportedly received 100% of the votes cast.

And even some celebrities just have to see it for themselves.

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The former NBA star Dennis Rodman made several trips to North Korea and called Jong-un a friend. In March 2014, he announced he would no longer be traveling there, after his trips raised repeated controversy.

Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor

Contact Miriam Berger at miriam.berger+done@buzzfeed.com.

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