AESTHETIC MEDICINE, PSYCHOLOGY
A dating website that caters to people who are physically attractive, as defined by member consensus.
To become a member, applicants must be voted in by beautifulpeople.com members of the opposite sex over a 48 hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant “beautiful”. If the applicant gets enough positive votes from members, they become members of the beautifulpeople community. The website claims 700,000 members and 5,500,000 “throwbacks” (about one in 7 applicants make the grade). The highest rate of acceptance is in from the US, Denmark and France, and the lowest from the UK, Russia and Poland.
beautifulpeople makes no apologies for its raison d’etre. The site was allegedly attacked by the Shrek virus, which granted membership to all–oil painting or sow’s ear alike. Needless to say, many aspects of mental health are affected by “beautiful people” imagery, in particular anorexia and bulimia.