A social network turned anti-social when BeautifulPeople, which describes itself as “the largest network of attractive people in the world,” literally trimmed the fat, moving more than 5,000 members from the active stage to the “rating” stage after “many members posted photos of themselves celebrating Christmas and the New Year—revealing that they have let themselves go,” the site said.
BeautifulPeople described the rating process as follows:
Entry to BeautifulPeople.com is only possible after passing a democratic rating process, where members of the opposite sex vote “Yes definitely,” “Hmm yes, O.K.,” “Hmm no, not really” and “NO Definitely NOT” based on photographs and a brief profile submitted by new applicants.
By country, members were expelled from: the United States (1,520), the United Kingdom (832), Canada (533), Poland (510), Germany (425), Italy (402), France (323), Denmark (220), Turkey (176) and Russia (88).
BeautifulPeople managing director Greg Hodge said:
We responded to complaints by moving the newly chubby members back to the rating stage. This is the same as having them reapply. Their reapplications were reviewed by existing members and only a few hundred were voted back in. Over 5,000 were rejected.
Every year we see that some of our members from Western cultures eat and drink to excess over the holidays and clearly, their looks suffer. The USA has been grossly over-indulging since Thanksgiving. It’s no wonder that so many members have been expelled from the network. We hope they will be back after shedding the festive pounds.
In the United Kingdom and Canada, Christmas and the New Year are all about overeating, over-drinking and watching TV on the sofa.
And founder Robert Hintze added:
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. Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded.