Update: The New York Times reports that this story is probably not true at all

BBC News reports that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is now requiring all men to emulate his signature high-and-tight 'do. The edict is being rolled-out across North Korea and has already been introduced in Pyongyang. Apparently the logic here is that Jong-Un's bouffant will make his subjects appear to be taller, which makes about as much sense as anything else that happens in North Korea. 

Regardless of the apparent benefits, however, there are still reservations among the people: 

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

As embarrassing as wearing a "Chinese smuggler haircut" might be to North Koreans, what the Supreme Leader says, goes. Expect the "Jong-Un" to be all the rage in the Hermit Kingdom for some time to come. 

[via BBC]

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