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ALL THE VICE PRESIDENT'S MEN: LEVI JOHNSTON PLAYS THE PART

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Courtesy of The Chicago Sun-Times

If Levi Johnston, son-in-law-to-be of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, still had his old MySpace page, he might change the description of himself from "a fuckin' redneck" to "a damn stylish guy." Seriously. Did anybody else's jaw drop upon witnessing Johnston's staggering transformation from scruffy country boy (in a charming, Northern Exposure way) to matinee idol, ready for his close-up?

The makeover—which outdid the garden-variety ones that have become a morning-show standard—happened in two parts and must have required, one imagines, a small army of hair, clothing, and etiquette wonks. (What 18-year-old boy worth his weight in hockey pucks willingly holds his girlfriend's hand in front of her parents, let alone millions of their fellow Americans?)

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Courtesy of The Improper

Our first peek at this new, improved Johnston came Wednesday, when he landed in the Twin Cities looking photo-op ready. He'd ditched the oversize hockey jersey and opted for an appropriately casual gray, mock-turtleneck, half-zip sweater and brown chinos. His disheveled hair had been tamed into a respectable, future-dad do, and his mangy beard had been razed to reveal a strong jawline.

Less than 12 hours later, the metamorphosis was complete. Johnston entered the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center wearing a perfectly fitting navy suit, a blue oxford shirt, a navy and white rep-stripe tie, and a McCain pin on his lapel. The suit wasn't necessarily remarkable (neither are the courtroom duds worn by anyone styling himself as a stand-up guy)—the way it transformed him was.

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Courtesy of the Associated Press

It may not have answered many—or any—political questions about the Alaskan governor or the McCain camp's vetting process, but it did put to rest lingering doubts that a man looks his best when he's in a well-tailored suit. He went from a schlubby, honky-tonk dude to a sophisticated hunk quicker than you can say shotgun wedding. Courtney Colavita

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