It’s been almost 60 years since Korea was under Japanese colonial rule, but lingering tensions still exist between the two peoples. Just look at the recent animosity many Koreans felt toward Japanese American skater Apolo Anton Ohno during this year’s Olympic games for an example. Being Korean, I understand why many of my countrymen and women still harbor strong feelings against their Japanese neighbors. After all, Japan has yet to fully acknowledge and apologize for many of its past injustices against Korea such as the “comfort women” a.k.a. sex slaves for the Japanese military. But if it’s any small consolation, there is apparently one area where Koreans kick Japanese ass: in being beautiful.
According to a survey of over 70,000 members of the dating website Beautifulpeople.com, Koreans are considered to be more attractive then their Japanese counterparts.
Here’s what Greg Hodge, Managing Director of the dating site had to say: “Korean men have an acceptance rate to BeautifulPeople.com of 18% compared to 15% for Japanese men. Korean women have an acceptance rate of 29% compared to 28% of Japanese women. The Korean people are known for their physical beauty. Korea also has the highest rate of plastic surgery in the world, which shows the younger Korean generation’s obsession with beauty.”
So OK, maybe not all that Korean beauty is natural, but it’s obviously good enough for Beautifulpeople.com which launched a Korean language version of its site yesterday. And what makes Beautifulpeople.com such an expert on, well, beautiful people? Unlike the other more “democratic” dating sites, Beautifulpeople.com has a strict “no ugly people” policy.
To be accepted, applicants must post their photo and a brief profile. Then, members vote on whether the applicant gets in or not based on how hot they are. If you want proof that they take their beauty seriously, consider this: last January, they expelled 5,000 members for putting on too much weight over the holidays. The best description of the site is probably from its founder Robert Hintze:
“BeautifulPeople.com is governed by the universal principle that every human being wants to be with someone they find attractive. By only allowing beautiful people through the doors, we remove the first hurdle. Other sites are jungles of hippos and wart hogs. We are a game reserve of leopards and gazelles.”
Hmm, I wonder if Mr. Hintze knows leopards have been known to eat gazelles? He was probably too busy being beautiful to look that up. But anyway, while I’m always proud of any accomplishment earned by my fellow Koreans, in this case, I’d like to go on the record to say that I’m remaining neutral. I think both Koreans and Japanese are equally beautiful and to have to pick one over the other, well, it’s like Sophie’s Choice.
Or Team Japan:
Like I said, Sophie’s Choice. Ain’t gonna do it.