North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest hairdo and eyebrows raise eyebrows

Mr Kim applauding back in Oct 10, 2010, as he watches a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Kim applauding back in Oct 10, 2010, as he watches a parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Here Mr Kim is visiting the KPA Unit 169 in this picture released by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang on Jan 19, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Here Mr Kim is visiting the KPA Unit 169 in this picture released by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang on Jan 19, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a photo session with participants in the second meeting of KPA logistic personnel in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Dec 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a photo session with participants in the second meeting of KPA logistic personnel in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Dec 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The North Korean leader speaking at a ceremony, in this picture released on Dec 28, 2014, to award party and state commendations to officials and logistics personnel in the fishery field of the Korean People's Army. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The North Korean leader speaking at a ceremony, in this picture released on Dec 28, 2014, to award party and state commendations to officials and logistics personnel in the fishery field of the Korean People's Army. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
In this picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Jan 31, 2015, Mr Kim inspects a pair of shoes during his visit to the Wonsan Shoes Factory. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
In this picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Jan 31, 2015, Mr Kim inspects a pair of shoes during his visit to the Wonsan Shoes Factory. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Kim's most recent gravity-defying hair raised eyebrows, while his eyebrows themselves appeared straight and chiselled, and too short to be raised, in this February picture. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Kim's most recent gravity-defying hair raised eyebrows, while his eyebrows themselves appeared straight and chiselled, and too short to be raised, in this February picture. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaking during a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Feb 23, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaking during a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Feb 23, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has hit a high, at least where his hair is concerned. His gravity-defying hair raised eyebrows, while his eyebrows themselves appeared straight and chiselled, and too short to be raised.

His hair and eyebrows drew comments and turned heads after his new look was pictured during a meeting of the North Korean politburo on Feb 25.

He previously had a centre-parted hairstyle, with one that shaved sides. While his eyebrows have always been compact, they are now even shorter than his eyelids.

The South China Morning Post speculated that the dictator's eyebrow shaving may be an effort to look more like his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, the first leader of North Korea. His hairstyle, however, looks closer to his father Kim Jong Il's anti-gravity style.

The Guardian quoted Mr Ki Lee, the owner of a Korean salon as saying that the North Korean leader's hairstyle is fairly high-maintenance, with that sort of height requiring a fresh perm every few months. He added that such a style is not easy to do on Asian hair.

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