Julian Assange's Journey to Fashion Icon Is Complete

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been named one of the 20 best dressed men in the world by French magazine Le Figaro Madame, along with Barack Obama and fashion designer Tom Ford. Applauding the fashion choices of someone currently being investigated for rape charges is sort of tactless—Sure, he might be a rapist but he looked damn good doing it!—but we do have to admit Assange has undergone quite a successful makeover since we watched him unveil Wikileaks' helicopter video at the National Press Club in D.C. a little over a year ago, draped in an ill-fitting suit and loose tie. Assange has become an unlikely symbol of techno-chic, with his shapeshifting hair and Brandoesque leather jackets; this culminated in Newsweek's absurd "Christmas with Julian" photo spread last December.

Now somebody get him dancing lessons and he can have his own talk show. [Village Voice, images of Assange in July 2010 (left) and in February 2011 via AP and Getty]