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Fun facts: 10 Dictators Who Really Should Have Considered Using Contact Lenses

Ruthless, feared and hated. Dictators have through out history always existed to terrorize nations and regimes. But despite their social and political status, not to mention the money, dictators still do not understand style and fashion. Regarding both clothing and eye wear, we have listed 10 dictators who should be lynched for their granny glasses and so-last-year clothing as much as for their human rights violations.

1. Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong  Il

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has ever since replacing his father as new national leader in 1980 been wearing the same big framed glasses. Although he nowadays often wears large sunglasses for public appearances, Kim Jong Il needs a serious fashion wake up call. 

2. Mugabe


Yet another dictator behind the curtains of democracy and presidency Mugabe has been ruling Zimbabwe since forever. And always with a set of grand glasses resting on his nose. I get that big glasses were popular in the 90s, but what is up with these guys not realizing when to let go?

3. Muammar al-Qaddafi

Muammar al-Qaddafi

Muammar al-Qaddafi has spent the last 30 some years ruling Libya as he pleases. Ignoring human rights and suppressing the people, al Qaddafi can’t even do it in style. Getting way to much playroom regarding colors, shapes and patterns this dictator has no clue and should really re-think wearing glasses that matches his colorful outfits. .

4. Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Due to health issues, Castro has finally passed on the power to his brother Raul. After ruling the tiny island off the American coast the major part of his life, Fidel Castro has rarely been seen wearing anything but a green military uniform. He certainly does not seem interested in fashion and style and with a pair of glasses that probably are older than he is, Castro earns himself a fourth ranking on this list.

5. Karadzic


After 12 years in hiding, as Dr. Dragan David Dabic, former Srpska president Radovan Karadzic was finally captured in 2008. Practising and specializing in alternative medicine and psychology, Karadzic’s new appearance was enough to fool his immediate surrounding. And with long white hair and beard and a pair of big glasses, Kazadzic fled conviction in 1996 of several war crimes, indicted upon him by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Although the moustache has a nice flow to it, the amount of facial hair and glass is just not right.

6. Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein

This photo was taken in 2003, the year former Iraq president Saddam Hussein was bereaved his powers as national leader. Not only is this dictator speaking to the nation in a pair of glasses also worn by mothers, housewives and grannies in the late 50s, early 60s. Saddam seems to share the same quality in vision as a badger with the glasses thick enough to set a tree on fire.  

7. Pinochet


This Chilean dictator is one of South America’s worst political leaders in history. During 16 years Chile was held hostage by this coldhearted son of a gun. Augusto Pinochet was an army general and dictator, serving as Chile’s president between 1974 and 1990 when democracy was yet again re-enforced.

Among all dictators that we have gone through, this photo was one of few showing a dictator wearing such modern and fashionable sun-glasses. Most dictators do not allow photo journalists anywhere near them, and are controlling the national press so that their image will not be affected. Mussolini and Hitler for example, both wore glasses, just never in public. This photo of such a notorious dictator had thus to be included in this list. Not because we necessarily would recommend him to wear something else but because this image successfully shows the vanity that so often fill powerful men and women. 

8. Fransisco Franco

Fransisco  Franco

Example number two. Fransisco Franco, dictator of Spain between 1936 and 1975, is yet another good example of the narcissistic, vanity and self-important nature of dictators. On this photo Franco is wearing, perhaps not nice looking but none the less expensive and fashionable sun glasses for its time.

9. Videla


Former president of Chile 1946-1952, Gabriel Gonzalez Videla was known for his anti-communistic ideologies. This man in small moustache and dark glasses embodied strictness, violence and the absolute right wing. Example number three of fashionable dictators.

10. Omar Al-Bashir

Omar  Al-Bashir

Last but not least we have Omar Al-Bashir, current president of Sudan, who has taken a liking to the classic wide-framed and all-inclusive sun glasses that were so popular during the 80s. When he is not being accused for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur, al-Bashir probably spends his days polishing those huge sun glasses.

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