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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.

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

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