According to Kim Young-soo, a professor at South Korea’s Sogang University, consumers are mad for the trendy denim, adult movies, and feces (a substitute for hard-to-find plant fertilizer) — along with instant noodles and TV dramas. Young-soo revealed the news at a conference on Tuesday, the New York Post reports, citing interviews with recent defectors.
Skinny jeans are new to the list — they only recently became available after the communist country lifted a ban on the larger apparel category of “fashionable trousers.” In Young-soo’s words, “Skinny jeans are now popular and are changing the fashion style of women in Pyongyang.” Korea.
While Gawker was quick to point out that super slim denim is “very 2007,” we think they’re underestimating ruler Kim Jong-Il’s sartorial influence. Earlier this year, Pyongyang’s “official website” reported that Jong-Il’s “modest-looking” leisure suits had swept the globe — which means bad news for those fashionistas looking forward to spring’s so-called ’70s style trousers: skinny jeans are here to stay.