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10 Kim Jong-Un Haircuts - Can Anyone Look Good?

Reports say the North Korean leader has made his slicked-back, shaved-on-the-sides coiff mandatory for young men in his country. Here's how international VIPs look with Kim Jong hair.

One haircut to rule them all
One haircut to rule them all
Bertrand Hauger

Over the past couple of days, the Internet has been telling us (believe it or not?) that male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un.

This isn’t the first news slipping out about the DPRK issuing guidelines about how to coif your ‘do: Last year it was reported that there were 28 approved hairstyles in the country — 14 each for men and women.

But making all young North Koreans go for that singular side-shaved, slicked-back Macklemore look would be yet another sign of the Supreme Leader’s totalitarian instincts. Or a hidden sense of humor?

Anyway, our preliminary research has found that, yes, the Jong-un look can be a fashion disaster for many ... but not all. How does it look to you?

CLOONEY v. PITT

George looks surprisingly bad...

Brad looks surprisingly good...

BIEBER V. GAGA

No, just no.

If a Lady can sport a meat dress, this is a piece of cake.

PUTIN v. MADURO

Scary just got scarier.

Sí Señor!

BECKHAM v. RODMAN

Back to Pyongyang for a trim

Becks can handle any hair...

JEFF v. BERTRAND (WORLDCRUNCH BONUS)

Sorry, boss.

Très chic!

*We went rogue…


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