Fellas who lack self-esteem — marked by poor posture and an “effeminate” demeanor — topped the women’s turn-off list.Men, however, seemed to prefer gals who walk a fine line between fit and curvy — but definitely not skinny or fat.
“Beautiful People members, through a democratic rating system, filter out the undesirables, in order to keep their dating community beautiful,” Hodge tells Mercury Press.
The website has attracted considerable controversy in the media and much criticism since its inception due to its exclusive business model of only allowing perceived attractive men and women to join the dating community.
As you could probably guess, you need to get enough Beautifuls, or at least Hmmm OKs, to outweigh any negative votes. I remembered one of my online dating-savvy friends extolling the importance of varied photos a few months ago: "You want some of your face, you want some of your body, you want some being goofy, you want some smiling normally, you want at least three different hairstyles," she said, ticking off her fingers.
I've heard my friends strategize and occasionally agonize about picking the right photos for their dating profiles. At the time, I think I was like, "Friend, that is some serious Barbie overkill," but, you know. If you can't already tell, my self-esteem requires constant coddling.
Its homepage offers the following tantalizing promises: Well, if there are two things I hate, it's riff raff and FAKE beautiful people, so why the hell not?
It should be mentioned that I've never really dabbled in online dating, not even Tinder. To join Beautiful People, you fill out a brief application, which looks like this: And yeah, you do have to fill in every section, including your weight.
“When I couldn’t get voted back on, it was a blow,” Hodge says.
“It wasn’t good enough to just be told your application wasn’t successful, you want to know why.” Still, he maintains that the site, which has 750,000 members and accepts fewer than 15 percent of applicants, is as fair as they come.
The media dubbed the virus "Shrek" after the animated film with an underlying story line of how looks should not matter.
Beautiful People regularly hosts events for its members in major cities around the world.
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