North Koreans have now been banned from having piercings, while earrings are not banned, piercings on any other part of the body are to be prohibited, wearing jeans, having ponytails and some other â€˜westernâ€™Â fashionÂ have all been banned as part of a crackdown on Western culture ahead of its annual workersâ€™ conference. They also check the length of skirts, the shape of shoes, Tshirts and hairstyles according to Asia Press
The ban was uncovered by citizen journalists at Rimjin-gang, a North Korean news website supported by AsiaPress.
The regime fiercely opposes Western culture in any form and has been known to send those guilty of what King anti-socialistâ€ behaviour to its notorious labour camps.
â€œA growing number of North Korean people are infatuated with Western culture,â€ said Ishimaru Jiro, a Japanese reporter who works with citizen journalists inside the regime.
â€œThe crackdown will continue until the end of
the upcoming gathering,â€ he added, referring to the
upcoming 7th Congress of the Workersâ€™ Party.
It was also claimedÂ that â€œinspection units,â€ consisting of teenagers dedicated to leader Kim Jong-un, are prowling the streets for those who dare to break the dress code.
They are also required to have a particular hairstyle.
The North Korean Youth Union (NKYU) who consist of members who
sign up once they reach the age of 15, also hunt for unmarried
women doing business in marketplaces, as this is also
Members of this UnionÂ are sworn to prevent â€œthe corruption of public morals.â€
North Korea has previously told its maleÂ citizens to
adopt spartan Socialist hairstyles no longer than three of four
The campaign, dubbed â€œLetâ€™s trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyleâ€Â which is meant toÂ control grooming and dress standards.