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North Korean men told to get leader Kim's haircut

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju watching a performance by the Moranbong Band at the April 25 House of Culture in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on March 24, 2014. -- FILE PH
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju watching a performance by the Moranbong Band at the April 25 House of Culture in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on March 24, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) visiting a newly constructed factory producing bullets for competitive sports, as well as the Maeari Shooting Range, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Feb 12, 2014.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) visiting a newly constructed factory producing bullets for competitive sports, as well as the Maeari Shooting Range, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Feb 12, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting participants of a national agriculture competition in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Feb 10, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting participants of a national agriculture competition in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Feb 10, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting an orphanage in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Feb 4, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting an orphanage in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Feb 4, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) on a trip to the Pyongyang Weak-current Apparatus Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on March 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) on a trip to the Pyongyang Weak-current Apparatus Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on March 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervising a flight drill of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on March 7, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervising a flight drill of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on March 7, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong Un, it is reported.

The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, according to Radio Free Asia.

State-sanctioned guidelines were reportedly imposed on the capital Pyongyang two weeks ago, the BBC reports, with the shaved sides, ahead-of-the-trend, high-top fade haircut look now being rolled out across the country.

But some people have expressed reservations about getting the look.

"Our leader's haircut is very particular, if you will," one source tells Radio Free Asia.

"It doesn't always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes."

Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers, BBC reported.

"Until the mid-2000s, we called it the 'Chinese smuggler haircut'," the Korea Times reported.

It is believed that haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time - until now people were reportedly only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men.

Earlier, North Korea's state TV launched a campaign against long hair, called "Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle".

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