Rejected from BeautifulPeople.com, some people have opted for plastic surgery to be accepted.
According to an article in ABC News Beautifulpeople.com is a dating website that is so exclusive, you actually have to be voted “beautiful” enough to become a member. Now some are going as far as to get plastic surgery for a shot at being allowed into this elite club. Launched in Denmark in 2003, this site has since gone global with 800,000 members. The acceptance rate hovers just under 30 percent. Seven million people, and counting, have been rejected from the site since its inception.
With so many online dating websites out there connecting people from the food they eat, to the books they read, to the computer brands they prefer, it seems inevitable there would be a site to connect people for the way they look. But who decides who is beautiful enough or not? On this site, the existing members who were voted beautiful enough themselves are the ones who control who makes the cut.
On BeautifulPeople.com, new users are allowed to upload one photo. Then members of the site vote on whether the person in the photo looks gorgeous enough to stay or if they get booted off. Women vote on men, and men vote on women. If your photo doesn’t get enough votes in the first 48 hours, you’re kicked off. “BeautifulPeople is based on a fundamental principle of human nature,” said Greg Hodge, the website’s US managing director. “We all initially at least want to be with someone we find attractive… It might not be politically correct, but it’s certainly very honest.”
Some people who were initially rejected from the site decided to get work done, and then returned to the site to upload their “after” photos in hopes they would be accepted. One user named Tawnie Lynn said she was rejected the first time she tried to sign up, so she got Rhinoplasty (a nose job). After it was completed, Lynn said she uploaded another photo and was accepted. “It did help me get on the site,” she said. “I wasn’t accepted before the nose job, so I think afterwards if I was accepted I’d blame it on the nose.” Sal Vance, one of the BeautifulPeople.com mentors, said he spent $10,000 on his teeth before signing up. “I learned to play the rules of the game. The rules of the game are, I was a buck-toothed kid. I got my teeth done,” Vance said. “A lot of people want to get on the website,” he added. Man you’d be surprised, I’ve seen a face lift on a woman who honestly wasn’t even 30 years old yet.”
And once you’re in, you’re still not safe. Profiles are reviewed periodically. “We have removed numerous people over the years for letting themselves go,” Hodge said. Hodge said the rejection model actually hurts profits. “What bothers me is that so few people get in,” he said. “From a business perspective when people get turned away, it’s bye, bye dollar signs, isn’t it, at the end of the day.” Subscriptions are $25 a month. According to an article in the New York Times this dating pool for the genetically blessed (or plastic surgery enhanced) came under scrutiny when it kicked off some 5,000 members for packing on the pounds during a holiday season. The site has a “strict ban on ugly people, and letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model,” the site’s founder, Robert Hintze, said in a statement.
Now Beautifulpeople.com even has door guards at in-person events to turn away people who don’t meet the site’s strict, is not unfair aesthetic standards, is expanding its services. The site will now feature a recruitment element for employers who are looking to hire “good-looking staff.” According to Mashable Employers will have a dedicated business profile and be able to pursue other members who are looking for a job. Members will also be able to look through job listings and apply directly to companies. “An honest employer will tell you that it pays to hire good-looking staff,” said Greg Hodge, in a statement. “Attractive people tend to make a better first impression on clients, win more business and earn more.” In fact many people today are starting to include pictures on their resumes.
Jezebel’s Laura Beck pointed out that BeautifulPeople.com’s beautiful people job site could be labelled as discriminatory. “I know ugly people are not a protected class for employment,” she wrote, “but since the site’s definition of attractive appears very narrow, able-bodied, thin, etc. I wonder if this could open the site and employers up to lawsuits from people who don’t fit those rigid standards.” The entire concept seems problematic to us, so we’ll be interested to see if employers will actually use BeautifulPeople.com to find prospective staffers. The majority of jobs require an employee with many more strengths than just a pretty face. www.huffingtonpost.com
While the statement “beauty is only skin deep” was considered trite, today it seems to actually hold meaning for some. And unfortunately some of these people are driving the media and creating models of impression for young people. In a world that is now so visually driven, sites like this that focus only on the surface of people, are sadly missing out on the most important part; who they really are. Experienced people already know that if the inside does not compare to the outside, the romance is always short lived.
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