In what is surely a great message to young girls everywhere, the Post chronicles how Senator Kirsten Gillibrand transformed herself from a somewhat frumpy, unknown politician to the "hottest member" of the Senate with a 51% approval rating. It turns out all you need is inner beautyintelligencean honest heart $10.9 million, 33 consultants and a massive weight loss plan.

Gillibrand reportedly spent $1.2 million on consultants just this year, researching everything from legal work, media and fund-raising. During her run against Harold Ford, Gillibrand also decided to lose her pregnancy weight, and dropped 40 pounds from a size 16 to a size 4. She dressed her new figure in outfits by Elie Tahari and Nanette Lepore, and frequently spends the night at the Regency Hotel. That's all it takes to get Mayor Bloomberg to gush over how "stunning" you look, ladies!