Hanoi barber offering free Trump or Kim hairdos ahead of leaders' second summit

/ AP

Hanoi, Vietnam — At a barbershop tucked away in a small Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for his hair dye to bleach his natural black into the color of the president of the United States.

On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as a spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong Un.

"Many people say that I look like Kim Jong Un, especially when I have this hairstyle," said HuyTo, who was nicknamed "Un" for his likeness to the North Korean leader.

He was unable to hide his excitement that Kim is coming to the Vietnamese capital next week for his second summit with President Trump, and hopes for a chance to see him in person.

President Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore at their first summit, on June 12, 2018 Jonathan Ernst / REUTERS

As the summit frenzy shakes Hanoi, hairdresser Le Tuan Duong has joined in, offering free Trump or Kim hairstyles to about a dozen customers.

"Hanoi is a city of peace. When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un decide to come here to talk about restoring peace, I think I should do something to show that Hanoi people welcome the summit," Duong said.

He said Kim's hairstyle shows youth while Trump's displays power.

"But Kim's style is a lot more popular among customers," he said.

Hai, a motorcycle taxi driver, went for Trump's orange because he confessed, "I really like Donald Trump so I want to have (his) hairstyle."

First published on February 20, 2019

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