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The latest grooming news sweeping the world: Kim Jong-un has required all male students in North Korea to wear the exact same haircut as his.

The coiffure in question could best be described as the unholy union of a crew cut and a bowl cut—shorn to the scalp on the sides yet long enough on top for a middle part. On a good day, it’s reminiscent of something out of a Color Me Badd music video. But really, having a signature hairdo is classic totalitarian dictator stuff. They all had a “look” that they adhered to—and some were better than others.

Which is why we’ve gone ahead and ranked the best dictatorial coiffures of all time.

President Joseph Mobuto10. Mobutu Sese Seko

032714_Dictators_29. Vladimir Putin

032714_Dictators_38. Fidel Castro

032714_Dictators_47. Pol Pot

032714_Dictators_56. Vlad III

032714_Dictators_65. Kim Jong-un

032714_Dictators_74. Adolf Hitler

Kaiser Hirohito3. Emperor Hirohito

Colonel Muammar Gadhafi and President Viktor Yushchenko meeting at the Presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine - 04 Nov 20082. Muammar Gaddafi

032714_Dictators_101. Joseph Stalin

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CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar