Profile of Presidential hopeful Barack Obama in the New Yorker points out how lucky he is to have his hair starting to go grey at such a young age. This is because the black politicians who have been most successful in attracting the white vote have traditionally been white haired. This makes them less threatening, apparently.
Alex Salmond did well in last week's Scottish elections. Another victory for the full head of hair, without which no British politician can command public support.
All this appearance stuff has never been more important than it is today. But it's not about looking like a movie star. You can overdo it, as Senator John Edwards has just found in the USA when this clip of him admiring himself escaped. Today we'll find out whether Segolene Royal is just slightly too glamorous to be elected President of France.