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Denim jeans have long been political: now skinny jeans are in the firing line

By Harriette Richards, Research Associate, Cultural Studies, The University of Melbourne
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Last week, reports emerged that North Korea was banning skinny jeans over concerns regarding their symbolic relationship with the “exotic and decadent lifestyle” of capitalism. The crackdown on “anti-socialist behaviour” also reportedly bans mullet, spiky or dyed hairstyles and piercings.

Although an official statement on the ban


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