North Koreans are reportedly flocking to barber shops after Pyongyang introduced a new rule requiring men to cut their hair no longer than the prescribed length of 2 cm.
In order to pay homage Kim Jong-Un, all North Korean men have been instructed to cut their hair like their Outstanding Leader, according to The Sun. The trademark haircut is known in North Korea as the “ambitious” style.
Meanwhile, women have been ordered to copy Kim’s wife Ri Sol-ju in the form of a bob cut. Only artists and performers, it seems, have been spared in this regard.
Quoting sources in Pyongyang by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, authorities in the North Korean capital have issued an order; requiring men keep their hair to a maximum 2 cm (0.8 inches) in length.
Moreover, in order to make sure people comply with the new rule, the government will allegedly send officials armed with scissors to cut off the hair of offenders.
The law, of course, sounds absurd. However, the story could also turn out to be just another rumor since a huge chunk of news coming out of the region is state propaganda.
In December 2013, a Hong Kong tabloid reported that Kim Jong-un executed his uncle Jang Song-thaek by having him stripped naked and fed to a pack of starving dogs. That news later turned out to be a hoax.