Beauty dating site boots out the ugly

IT is said there is beauty in imperfection – but not when you’re on BeautifulPeople.com, and there are standards to be preserved.

The exclusive dating website for the gorgeous has kicked off thousands of members for letting themselves go and not maintaining their looks. It has more than 800 000 members from 190 countries.

Of the 14 000 South Africans who belong to the global site, 31 of them (21 are women) were told to look for love elsewhere.

The site “periodically reviews the suitability of its members to ensure that quality is maintained”.

Founder Greg Hodge said: “Letting unattractive people [on] the site would compromise the concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded.”

South African-born co-owner Genevieve Hodge said it was not easy to expel users.

“It is the most difficult part of managing the business. We take no pleasure in removing members, but it is a necessary evil to maintain the beautiful community and our prized business model.”

To join, hopefuls submit photos of themselves. Existing members decide whether the applicants are “hot or not“.

Applicants who get more positive votes than negative are invited to join the free site. On average, one in eight people make it.

Canada had the most members expelled (3 914), followed by the US (1 457), and the UK (568).

-Katharine Child

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