Nothing like starting the new year as a big fat failure.
The site makes no excuses about focusing completely on appearance - No more filtering through unattractive people on mainstream sites" - and it let go 5,000 members who let themselves go over the holidays.
Those axed had received too many complaints from other members about weight gain noticed in their online profiles.
"As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld," site founder Robert Hintze tells the Beeb. "Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.comwas founded."
Qualifying for this elite club involves the online human equivalent of checking a horse's teeth. "To become a member," the site says, "applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex." Get enough votes and you're in.
How beautiful is beautiful enough? I tried to find out.
The Web site allows you to browse photos of current members to determine whether you're "too ugly to sign up", but I couldn't get that page to work. I'll have to settle for this statement: "BeautifulPeople does not define beauty, it simply gives an accurate representation of what society's ideal of beauty is...It may not be politically correct to say so...but it is honest."
Some of you will undoubtedly be offended and angry by this. I prefer to see the glass half full! If I was looking to date someone (currently my husband frowns on that), I would use the Web site as a useful filter. Anyone in a club which dubs itself "beautiful" probably isn't very pretty where it matters.
And yet... the whole episode has me thinking I ought to try that Taco Bell diet. Sigh.
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