(IMAGE: AAP/MICK TSIKAS)

If fame is a mask that eats into the face, politics dispenses with the mask and just lets the elements have at you.

That's not to say looks are important when picking a politician. But Crikey thought it might be instructive to compare and contrast how our leaders' looks have fared in the job.

Scott Morrison

Sure, he wasn't exactly a picture of youth when he took over (the man looked like he was nearing retirement in his 20s), but his 18 months in charge have visibly aged him. His hair is retreating in all directions from the top of his head, and what remains is increasingly paper white rather than stormy grey.