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Some of the 200,000 crowd at Brighton beach, southern England in July, 2002, during Europe's biggest free beach party. A dating website says fewer than one in eight British men would be considered beautiful enough for its users. (YUI MOK/YUI MOK/AP)
Some of the 200,000 crowd at Brighton beach, southern England in July, 2002, during Europe's biggest free beach party. A dating website says fewer than one in eight British men would be considered beautiful enough for its users. (YUI MOK/YUI MOK/AP)

Britons are ugly, dating website concludes Add to ...

Britons are among the ugliest people in the world, according to a dating website that says it only allows "beautiful people" to join.

Fewer than one in eight British men and just three in 20 women who have applied to BeautifulPeople.com have been accepted, according to the website.

Existing members of the "elite dating site" rate how attractive potential members are over a 48 hour period, after applicants upload a recent photo and personal profile.

Swedish men have proved the most successful, with 65 per cent being accepted, while Norwegian women are considered the most beautiful with 76 per cent accepted, the website said.

Canadian women were accepted 24 per cent of the time, and men 23 per cent. And Americans? Thirty-seven per cent of women got in, and 24 per cent of men.

The way that BeautifulPeople.com accepts new members is simple. A potential member applies with a photo and a brief profile. Over 48 hours, existing members of the opposite sex vote whether or not to admit them, the site said.

Options are: "Yes definitely," "Hmm yes, OK," "Hmm no, not really" and "No definitely not."

The site was founded in 2002 in Denmark and went live across the globe last month. Since then, the site has rejected nearly 1.8 million people from 190 countries, admitting just 360,000 new members.

"I would say Britain is stumbling because they don't spend as much time polishing up their appearance and they are letting themselves down on physical fitness," Beautiful People managing director Greg Hodge said. "Next to Brazilian and Scandinavian beauties, British people just aren't as toned or glamorous."

Only the male Russian and Polish applicants fared worse than British men, although Russian women had a 44 per cent acceptance rate. Polish women did not appear in the table.

German applicants were slated for offering up unflattering photographs, which may have hindered their acceptance rates at 15 per cent for men and 13 per cent for women, the lowest rate in their category.

"German men and women aren't faring well, but they are submitting stern images, they need to soften up," Mr. Hodge said.

 

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