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Thu May 20, 2021, 02:39 PM

Kim Jong-un Doesn't Like Skinny Jeans

Global pariah and C-tier fashion influencer Kim Jong-un is setting trends again, this time through force of law. The North Korean leader banned a range of garments, accessories, and hairstyles this week, Mirror UK reports, citing Yonhap News Agency. Skinny jeans, Dear Leader says, are out. As are mullets, piercings, and other signs of the “decadent” influence of capitalism.

First skinny-jean innovator Mike Amiri gives up on the style, and now Kim Jong-un: It’s been a tough year for slim denim. But if skinny jeans simply signify circa-2009 bad taste in the U.S., they represent a bigger political statement in North Korea. Skinny jeans have been a subject of controversy there in the past, where some in the government saw them as a form of class distinction—a big no-no in a totalitarian communist state. Jeans in general, skinny or otherwise, are a deeply American garment, and wearing them is taboo in Pyongyang. Which makes denim, naturally, a quietly subversive fashion statement for rebellious North Korean millennials.

Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first fashion restriction of its kind in North Korea. Back in 2017, a Finnish journalist snapped some photos of the very specific list of hairstyles approved by the North Korean government: 15 for men, 15 for women. Mullets weren’t acceptable then, so I guess they’re extra unacceptable now. Alternate haircuts are apparently “non-socialist.” Who’s going to tell Kim that his approved haircuts are pretty on brand for big business–cheering Young Republicans, while the kids with mullets and dyed hair in Brooklyn hate capitalism? I don’t know, but I do know that you should watch this clip from a TV program the North Korean state produced in 2004, titled, I kid you not, Let’s Trim Our Hair in Accordance With the Socialist Lifestyle:



Silly as this law might seem, bans like it have a long history—like, 2,000 years long. The Roman emperor Tiberius, for example, decreed that men couldn’t wear silk because it was too soft and only suitable for women. Things like this fall under the legal category of sumptuary law, which is basically any kind of law that seeks to restrict luxury or excess. All around the world, governments, autocratic or otherwise, have sought to ban everything from lace to purple clothes. The goal is usually to suppress rebellious or foreign ideas and aesthetics.

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 20 OP
hlthe2b May 20 #1
GoCubsGo May 20 #6
RainCaster May 20 #2
JustABozoOnThisBus May 20 #7
JustABozoOnThisBus May 20 #3
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UTUSN May 20 #5
Hassin Bin Sober May 20 #8
3catwoman3 May 20 #9
cinematicdiversions May 20 #10

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 02:45 PM

1. Well, if he decides he can't stand Trump, then that will be

2 things we agree on. Skinny jeans are not a good look in general, no matter how tiny or slim. Leggings don't bother me, but those jeans just look like the wearer can't flex their leg. IMHO.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Thu May 20, 2021, 03:05 PM

6. Yeah, I don't get their appeal, either.

Not a good look, although I think the "torn jeans" look is far worse. I can't imagine they're very comfortable, either, unless the denim is laced with Lyrca or some other stretchy material. I can imagine all sorts of afflictions like crotch rot and nerve damage, though.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 02:52 PM

2. I don't look good in skinny jeans either...

But one of my daughters does. Her hubby likes them on her.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #2)

Thu May 20, 2021, 03:07 PM

7. Kim Jung Un looks fabulous in skinny jeans.

Everyone who is still alive in NK says so.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 02:59 PM

3. North Korean Flowbee spacer selection is "socialist simplified". nt

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #3)

Thu May 20, 2021, 03:04 PM

4. Is that how you get that kim doo?

If it were up to me, I'd ban that one for sure.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 03:04 PM

5. Multiple violations by Drumpf: Hair-DON'Ts, decadent face paint, rear end bloat, front end drip pads

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 03:08 PM

8. I gotta agree on the mullets

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 04:03 PM

9. His own fugly haircut...

...should be banned. What a hideous look.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu May 20, 2021, 04:21 PM

10. Well it is not like the people of North Korea need relax fit. NT

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