North Koreans have been banned from having piercings and face new restrictions on ‘Western clothing’ including jeans. According to the Daily Telegraph, he rule which forbids wearing Western clothing, has reportedly focused on the North Hamgyong and Yanggang provinces.
Both areas border with China, where citizens to have easier access to information – and cultural trends – from the outside world.
The ban was uncovered by citizen journalists at Rimjin-gang, a North Korean news website supported by AsiaPress. Citizens will be monitored by a growing group of youths loyal to Kim Jong-un.
Rimjin-gang, a North Korean news website supported by AsiaPress, said the ‘inspection’ units ‘target supposed capitalist tendencies such as length of skirts, the shape of shoes, T-shirts, hairstyles, and clothes. It comes just months after it was reported that Kim Jong-un was ordering men to copy his ‘ambitious’ hair style limiting growth to a maximum length of 2cm.