Skinny Jeans Hot Contraband in North Korea

You might not be able to buy animal fertilizer or get instant noodles but style can’t be held back by any government sanction. Skinny jeans are all the rage with woman in the North Korean capital of Pyongang and are one of the hottest commodities being smuggled into the country.

Up until recently women were forbidden to wear trousers under the strict communist regime. If caught they’d be forced to pay a fine equal to a week’s wages or do hours of hard labor as punishment. But the ban’s been lifted and women’s desire to have the hottest trend out there is unleashed.

As North Korea is still under strict sanctions they’re currently the trend-setting skinny jeans are pretty tough to get into the country. But rampant demand has pushed them to the top of the contraband list alongside instant noodles and porn. No matter how hard you try style always dictates what’s in…  or in this case what’s getting in.



A freelance writer & radio announcer with a general love for the bizarre, the weird and the unique.
2 Comments on this post.
  • Zkylar
    12 January 2011 at 5:32 pm
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    Just an FYI the picture is of a girl band called Girls’ Generation and they are from South Korea.

    • nj sullivan
      17 January 2011 at 1:10 pm
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      thanks for that:)
      i’m familiar with girls generation… just didn’t realize the photo caption didn’t work. things in the tech world i’m still mastering:)
      thanks again.

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