Kim Jong Un BAN Leather Jackets To Prevent Citizens From Copying His Look
Fash-Un Police: Kim Jong-un BANDS Leather Jackets To Prevent Citizens From Copying His Appearance
- Leather jackets became popular in North Korea after Kim first donned one in 2019
- Initially reserved for wealthy elites who could afford genuine leather, cheap counterfeit products with synthetic materials have appeared in recent months
- Fashion police have been deployed to seize the coats for fear they will weaken the Supreme Leader’s appearance and undermine his authority
- North Korea Strictly Controls Citizens’ Styles, Including Approved Haircuts
North Korea has banned people from wearing leather trench coats after the fashion item became a favorite of dictatorial ruler Kim Jong-un, it is alleged.
First worn by Kim in 2019, the jacket became popular among the North Korean elite who were eager to show their loyalty to the Supreme Leader and who could afford genuine leather.
But lately, fake imitations have been on the rise and the fashion police have now been deployed to shut down merchants who sell them and take them off people for fear it will weaken Kim’s appearance and undermine his authority.
Kim Jong-un has reported that North Koreans are not allowed to wear leather trench coats after the item became one of his fashion favorites (pictured as he wore it last week)
Primarily the domain of the wealthy elite, cheap counterfeit products of Kim’s jacket have hit the market in recent months, sources claimed (shown in the jacket for the first time in 2019)
‘[Police] say wearing clothes designed to look like that of the highest dignity is an “impure trend to challenge the authority of the highest dignity,” a source told Radio Free Asia, using a common honorific to refer to Kim.
“They have instructed the public not to wear leather jackets because it is part of the party’s directive to decide who can wear them.”
The outlet said knock-off versions of the jacket first appeared in September this year, when unofficial trade between China and North Korea was reopened after a shutdown amid the Covid pandemic.
This allowed traders to buy synthetic leather to make the jackets.
Radio Free Asia claimed to have seen an import document from recent months showing tens of meters of the imported material.
Kim first appeared in a leather jacket in December 2019, around the time he was negotiating North Korea’s nuclear stockpile with Donald Trump.
The sartorial style was noticed by South Korean media, who suggested it was indicative of Kim’s desire to break with traditions and forge his own identity.
Until then, he had largely styled himself after his father and grandfather—the founder of North Korea—wearing Mao-style jackets and horn-rimmed glasses.
The leather jacket has appeared several times since – and has even been adopted by his sister, Kim Yo-Jong, and other high-ranking female politicians.
Police began confiscating the fake coats for fear that it would diminish the Supreme Leader’s appearance and undermine his authority
Kim first donned the jacket in 2019 when he negotiated North Korea’s nuclear stockpile with Trump, and it was seen as a symbol of breaking with the country’s past
Recently, Kim was spotted visiting a newly built tourist town near the mountainous town of Samjiyon.
The ban on leather jackets isn’t the first time North Koreans have allowed their fashion choices to be dictated by the top, either.
In 2014, three years after Kim became leader, sources told Radio Free Asia that male students had been instructed to have their hair cut to match the style of the Supreme Leader – who at the time was skin short in the back and sides with a parting on top.
Then, in 2017, it was reported that North Koreans were banned from cutting their hair to resemble Kim and were only allowed to choose from 15 approved styles.
All cuts have a short back and sides with hair brushed forward, back or in a side part.
The demands reflect a campaign broadcast on state television in 2005 that urged citizens to “cut our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle.”
Shorter haircuts were also recommended for women to “ward off the enemy maneuvers to infiltrate corrupt capitalist ideas and lifestyles” in North Korea.
The same campaign also urged North Koreas to keep their dress modest and to wear smart shoes at all times.
“As good as the clothes are, if you don’t wear smart shoes, your personality will be degraded,” read a column in the state newspaper Minju Choson that year.
North Korean sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling copy of Squid Game into country
A North Korean man is to be executed for bringing a copy of Netflix’s Squid Game back to the country.
The smuggler, a student, is said to have returned from China with a digital version of the popular South Korean series on a hidden USB stick.
But after selling copies to several people, including fellow students, he was caught by the country’s security services.
An English council has urged parents not to allow their children to watch the hit Netflix show Squid Game because it is ‘violent’ and ‘graphical’
Obviously he will now be executed by firing squad – one of the grim methods by which characters in the series are also killed.
The arrests are believed to have taken place in the past week in North Hamgyong province, which borders China.
Radio Free Asia reported that a student who bought a copy of the disc has since been sentenced to life in prison, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years of hard labor.
North Korea has a strict ban on material from the West and South Korea from entering the country, and officials are now conducting searches of the students’ school to find more foreign media.
Some teachers would have been fired or could be banned as punishment from working in remote mines.
“This all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB stick containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it in class with one of his best friends,” a law enforcement source told the publication.
The source said the couple discussed the series with friends who became interested and bought copies of it.
The dystopian world of Squid Game pitting heavily indebted people against each other in Korean kid games where losing players are put to death clearly resonates with the North Koreans living under a dictatorship.
But the students were then caught by the government security service – 109 Sangmu – who had “got a tip” that they were watching a Western TV show.