Superman T-shirt, towering wedges and skintight pants: New-look Sarah Palin ditches her boxy suits as she backs Sarah Steelman for Senator in Missouri
19:24 GMT, 7 August 2012
Sarah Palin stepped out in Kansas yesterday wearing a Superman T-shirt, skintight cropped pants and five-inch platform wedges – her political uniform of choice while campaigning for Republican Sarah Steelman.
While mounting an aggressive campaign in Missouri with television and radio ads, and then serving barbecued pork sandwiches at a rural political picnic, the 48-year-old ditched her suits for an entirely new look.
Taking to the makeshift stage
in the middle of a farm field, the former Alaska governor proved her new style seems to be nowhere near as conservative as her political views.
Palin power: Sarah Palin stepped out in Kansas yesterday wearing a Superman T-shirt, skintight cropped pants and five-inch platform wedges – her political uniform of choice while campaigning for Sarah Steelman
After the former vice-presidential candidate was controversially given a $150,000 clothing
allowance during the 2008 campaign, her outfits have routinely consisted of sharp Valentino suits, Escada blazers and Elie Tahari dresses.
But the Alaskan native's new take on polished political attire didn't seem to bother the 500 plus crowd that gathered to hear her speak.
Many waited over an hour for Palin to take the stage, where she backed Steelman who is in a tight three-way race for Tuesday’s Republican primary for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat, just days after Dick Cheney told ABC News that John McCain’s decision to pick her as his running mate in 2008 was 'a mistake'.
Regardless of her questionable wardrobe however, or perhaps because of it, Palin's political magic appears to carry some serious weight with American conservatives.
Superheo Steelman: The Alaskan native's new take on polished political attire didn't seem to bother the 500 plus crowd that gathered to hear her endorse Sarah Steelman for Senator in Missouri
People person: While mounting an aggressive campaign in Missouri, Palin served barbecued pork sandwiches at the rural political picnic, the 48-year-old ditching her suits for an entirely new look
being ousted by Washington's 'in' crowd – she is also yet to be invited
to speak at the upcoming Republican
National Convention – Palin is still wielding her Superman
celebrity-status power, endorsing half a dozen senatorial candidates,
including last week’s winner
in Texas, Ted Cruz.
Since the 2008 election, the failed vice
presidential candidate has landed a book
deal and reality TV shows, giving her an estimated net worth of $12 million.
As well as providing political commentary for Fox News, she has hosted the television show, Sarah Palin's Alaska. Five million viewers tuned in for the first episode, a record for The Learning Channel.
Palin's Superman logo T-shirt is a Steelman campaign top emblazoned with 'Our freedom. Our fight'.
Polished Palin: After the former vice-presidential candidate was controversially given a $150,000 clothing allowance during the 2008 campaign, her outfits have constantly consisted of sharp designer suits
During her talk, she reiterated Steelman’s slogan: 'The status quo has got to go', emphasising that the candidate is not trying to get invited to Washington's 'frou-frou chi-chi D.C. cocktail parties.'
Instead, Palin told Kansas that she wants to 'save our country’s economy and God-given freedoms', while protecting 'the sanctity of human life.'
The Washington Post noted: 'Out here… the people loved Palin.'