The Kim Jong Un regime is stepping up its crackdown on “decadent” Western fashion trends in North Korea, including dyed hair, skin-tight jeans and piercings, according to a report.
Radio Free Asia said that North Korea’s Socialist Patriot Youth League is now directing its repressive efforts at women in their 20s and 30s who wear waist-length hair, dye their locks brown, or wear clothes emblazoned with large foreign letters.
An unnamed resident of Hamhung city told a US government-sponsored nonprofit news outlet that the North Korean regime is also after women wearing tight pants.
Those caught wearing styles that display “capitalist talent” outdoors were forced to wait by the roadside until youth patrols had finished looking for other offenders in the area.
All the perpetrators were then taken to the Youth League office, where they had to confess their crimes in writing, according to the report. They could only be released into their homes if someone brought them more appropriate clothing.
An anonymous RFA source said that the increasing crusade against Western trends was announced last month during a national education session, where Youth League officials said that wearing clothes and hair like people in capitalist countries violates North Korea’s socialist practice.
North Korea first announced a crackdown on skinny jeans, piercing and certain hairstyles, including mullet, a year ago after Kim denounced foreign styles and speech as “dangerous poison,” the BBC reported at the time.
The Youth League has since redoubled its efforts to weed out those who imitate foreign fashions and customs.
Patrols in the city of Chongjin have targeted a local market known as a popular hangout for young people, according to another source who spoke to RFA on condition of anonymity.
If youths there are caught doing something prohibited, their employer will be notified of their offence.
“They are then subjected to criticism, and in the most severe cases, the name, home address and workplace of the violator will be publicly disclosed on Third Broadcast,” the source told RFA, referring to government-controlled loudspeakers stationed across the country. to spread out. propaganda.
But the source added that despite the punishment, North Koreans “don’t stop trying to look and dress like people in foreign films and TV.”