Kim Jong-un’s regime has stepped up its crackdown on “degenerate” Western fashion trends in North Korea, including dyed hair, skinny jeans, and piercings, according to a report.
According to Radio Free Asia, North Korea’s Young Patriot Socialist League is now directing its repressive efforts against women in their twenties and thirties who wear waist-length hair, dye their hair brown, or wear clothes emblazoned with large foreign characters.
An unnamed resident of Hamhung told nonprofit outlets sponsored by the US government that the North Korean regime is going after women who wear tight pants.
Those who are spotted wearing clothes showing “capitalist flair” on the outside are forced to wait by the roadside until a patrol of young men finishes searching the area for other culprits.
According to the report, all offenders are transferred to the Youth League office, where they are required to confess their crimes in writing. They can only be released home if someone brings them more suitable clothes.
An escalation of the crusade against Western trends was announced last month at a nationwide education session, an unnamed source told RFA. Youth League officials said dressing and hair like people from capitalist countries is a violation of North Korea’s socialist practices.
North Korea first announced a crackdown on skinny jeans, body piercings, and some hairstyles, including a mullet, a year ago after Kim called foreign style and speech “serious toxins,” CNET reported at the time.
The Youth League has since redoubled its efforts to exclude people who imitate foreign fashion and customs.
The patrols in Chongjin targeted a local market known as a popular meeting place for young people, according to another source who spoke to Radio Free Asia on condition of anonymity.
If young people are caught doing something prohibited, employers will be notified of their violation.
The source told Radio Free Asia, referring to government-controlled loudspeakers set across the country to spread out. Advertising.
But the source added that despite the sanctions, the North Koreans “continue to try to look and dress like people in foreign films and television.”