Beautiful has since seamlessly rebranded as a dating site, but back then it was just a site where you rated people (see also: Hot Or Not.com).
You had to “audition” by submitting a photo, and the site gave you a 24-hour probation period.
If your ratings weren’t high enough at the end, you got to live out your life as an ugly or mediocre person. Everyone on Beautiful was totally indifferent to my appearance.
For a short time, I was convinced, in spite of all external evidence, that I was clinically plain.
I deleted the app because it depressed me, but I'm probably I think I only made my peace with the elite dating world’s total rejection of my person when I successfully joined The League. The app’s goal is to pair up its users with other Elites.
“So you want to date someone who shares your education level and ambition? Not really, I thought—I went to school with a bunch of econ majors in critter shorts and I find naked ambition unbecoming in a man—but I signed up anyway.
It was an implicit rejection, yes, because I didn’t know Tinder Select was a thing, but still.
The first elite dating app to reject me was Beautiful People.com, which reached peak popularity in 2010.
The platform was about three feet high and could fit about thirty people, and we squeezed about fifty on there before we had to start turning people away.
That night, I learned that if there is a platform available, rich people will do to stand on it.
Several patrons of the arts tried to bribe their way up there, even though the platform was sweaty and sagging from overcrowding. After a while, the platform VIPs had drained their drinks, but nobody wanted to give up their space on the platform to travel to the bar.
Well The Animal Lover has you right where he wants you. The Riddler is a guy all too common on Tinder, a man who for personal or professional reasons has chosen to remain a mystery on his profile. Well, here's a hint: If it's a group shot, always choose the ugliest guy in the picture. Initial profile pic shows a man, smiling with his eyes, pausing for a moment to capture a perfect moment forever.
This is a man who will stop at nothing to manipulate you. Unlike your Almost Nudes, The Riddler leaves you thirsty for more. Perhaps he is bike riding in Sonoma, or casually strolling down a European side street, or holding a box full of canned food he's about to donate to charity, or picnicking. He's just trying to be the best man he can be for his future family.