Hair Force Un: Vietnamese barber marks
summit with free Trump-Kim haircuts
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[February 20, 2019]
By Mai Nguyen
HANOI (Reuters) - For those who like to
push the cutting edge of style, two of the world's most talked-about
haircuts are now available for free, in Vietnam.
In honor of an upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28, a Hanoi barber is
offering free haircuts to anyone wanting to copy their distinctive
"I feel happy with this haircut because people will think I look like
the leader of North Korea," said nine-year-old To Gia Huy, whose hair
had been moulded to perfectly match the slicked-back top and shaved
sides of Kim's unique coiffure.
Tuan Duong Beauty Academy is running the promotion to Feb. 28 as
thousands of officials and journalists descend on the Vietnamese capital
for the second summit between Trump and Kim since their historic first
meeting in Singapore last June.
"I was doing this for fun only but was surprised at how people have
responded," said Le Tuan Duong, who owns the salon.
"I love peace. I hate war so much. So many people in my family have
died, so I support this summit very much," said Duong, who lost two of
his uncles during the Vietnam War.
Le Phuc Hai, 66, said he was relaxing by a nearby lake when Duong asked
if he would like to get his hair cut, and dyed, like Trump's.
Hai agreed, out of curiosity.
"I'm not afraid of this bright orange hair color because after this
promotional campaign, the hair salon owner said he would return my hair
to normal," Hai said.
"I like Donald Trump's haircut. It looks great and it fits my age," said
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To Gia Huy, 9, and Le Phuc Hai, 66, pose after having their haircut
in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump
styles in a haircut salon in Hanoi, Vietnam February 19, 2019.
Although warmly welcomed by some, publicity stunts at the expense of
the North Korean leadership have the potential to get hairy.
North Korea is very sensitive about anything that could be construed
as an insult to the dignity of its "supreme leadership", a phrase it
uses to refer to the ruling Kim family.
In 2014, officials from the North Korean embassy in London
complained to a barber who had used the phrase "Bad Hair Day?" under
a photograph of the portly Kim to offer discounts on haircuts.
Huy, the nine-year-old Kim lookalike, said he was happy with his
haircut though none of his schoolmates would be able to pull off the
"No one in my class is as fat as me," Huy said.
(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Writing by James Pearson; Editing by
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