Beautiful People (dot com)

If you’ve spent too much time on the internet lately (and if you’re unemployed, you know you have), you’ve probably heard about the dating website BeautifulPeople.com, which gained quite a bit of attention after dumping people for their holiday weight gain.

To become a member of BeautifulPeople.com, you must first go through a 48 hour rating period in which members vote on whether you’re beautiful enough to be let in.  But, after many of the members gained too much holiday weight (and I guess posted more recent, unflattering pictures?), the plumper members were put back onto the chopping block, essentially going through the application process again.  I haven’t seen how many were reconsidered, but 5000 were let go.

So of course this site gets lots of criticism for being shallow and blah blah blah, but I think it’s actually a pretty brilliant idea.  Most dating sites are overrun with people who are unattractive or downright uggo.  And let’s face it, looks matter.  So, if you’re particularly discriminating in your tastes, you might have to wade through hundreds of profiles on sites like Plenty of Fish or OKCupid to find someone who’s not just physically attractive, but who also has a compatible personality.  And of coures, finding one person doesn’t garauntee romance, or even a first date.  So really, to have a good chance at meeting someone and forming a relationship, you could be stuck going through thousands of profiles, or simply exhausting the dating pool if you live in a smaller city.

Most dating sites allow you to narrow your searches based on a variety of factors, such as location, age, education level, religion, alcohol/tobacco/drug use and the like.  People simply check boxes on their profile, and then a basic search engine can filter out the people who don’t meet your basic criteria.  The only thing they can’t really filter for is attractiveness.  That’s what the mob rule at BeautifulPeople.com does.

I have no idea if it’s at all effective though.  OKCupid has tried making a “hot list,” a list of people voted by other members as being attractive.  But, the OKCupid hot list dropped in quality almost instantly.  On sites like that, people are generally pretty generous with their votes (but not with their dates).  There’s just something about us that makes us prone to giving overly rosy reviews, be it of a CLE lecture, a review of a professor, or an anonymous stranger on a dating site.  But, BeautifulPeople.com may have developed a more realistic (if harsh) culture, which could be effective in weeding out the uggos.

Don’t look for me on there any time soon, I’m only just now starting to work off my “recession weight.”  That pizza and beer diet is a killer.  But, if anyone reading this is a member, feel free to post links to pictures in the comments.  I think we’re all a bit curious as to who makes the cut there.

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2 Responses to “Beautiful People (dot com)”

  1. At first I didn’t understand the appeal of beautifulpeople.com. Then I went on and used numerous pictures of very attractive women from other dating sites and posted them there and made fake profiles and got accepted with all. What I found out is amazing. For one, the main reason people go on beautifulpeople has nothing to do with looks but everything to do with ego. They are stoking their own. The majority of the members are so insecure and unconfident about themselves it’s amazing. You have people from all walks of life and professions and many of them are what they say they are. One was a surgeon, who provided pictures of himself in the operating room – a very handsome man. But he was so insecure about his sexuality and so limited in his social skills that I found it hard to even have a normal conversation with him. Another guy, also very handsome, sent a lot of benign messages to me but after a while started trying to pump me for information on what I thought about his looks as if that was more important than character. Even the one guy who I thought was a halfway decent character started sending me messages indicating that he wanted me to talk dirty to him. Similiar incidents like this happened over and over and over again with other guys.

    And forget about the women. The majority are so low class they’re slightly a step up from porn star material – and that’s only slightly. There are a lot more women with class on sites like zoosk and match than on beautifulpeople. At least they are real and down to earth. The majority of women on beautiful people, no matter their age, are embarrasingly crass. Seeing a 60 year old women who is trying to be something she is not – half naked in an attempt to be sexy is soooo not sexy. It’s funny and embarassing. Almost all the women, no matter their age, with the exception of maybe 2, had pictures in various states of undress. There was not one girl who had that healthy girl next door look. All were trying to be something they were not and the majority had professionally touched up pictures to boot. That goes for a lot of the men too. Overall, that’s how I would describe beautifulpeople. The biggest flaw of beautifulpeople however is that unless you live in an urban area you would be hard pressed to meet anyone in your area. But after what I have found out about the shallow superficial members, why would you want to?

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