North Koreans ordered to copy Kim Jong-un's 'ambitious' hair style
New purge targets long hair and offenders are told to adopt their leader's idiosynractic coiffure, with a swept-back, angled bouffant
North Korea has launched a new purge, targeting citizens with long hair and ordering them to copy Kim Jong-un's much-mocked "ambitious" style.
Sources in Pyongyang, quoted by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, said authorities in the North Korean capital have issued an order requiring that men keep their hair to a maximum 2 cm (0.8 inches) in length.
They are also being instructed to pay homage to Mr Kim by copying his trademark swept-back bouffant that emerges upwards from the shaved patches above his ears.
Women have also been told to adopt a bob similar to that affected by Ri Sol-ju, the North Korean leader's wife. The only exceptions to the new rules, the paper claimed, are performers.
Authorities are so keen to enforce the crackdown on long hair that, "University students monitors are walking around with scissors and cutting off the hair of offenders", the Chosun Ilbo reported.
Analysts say Mr Kim has adopted a hair style initially sported by Kim Il-sung, his grandfather and the man still revered as the founder of North Korea, as he attempts to hark back to the relatively prosperous early days of the regime and build up his own power base.
Known as The Great Leader, Kim Il-sung also favoured the swept-back approach to hairstyles and there are pictures of the fledgling dictator in his youth with the sides of his head shaved.
There have even been suggestions that Kim Jong-un has undergone plastic surgery to make him resemble his grandfather more closely.