When Swiss dating apps Blinq zuerst launched, it had actually one notably unique feature poised kommen sie set it apart from Tinder, Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, or any other "swipe"-based hookup app: a hotness indicator. Bei unlike OkCupid"s premium account attractiveness filters, die hot-or-not feature was available kommen sie users zum free, and to usage on themselves. Once freundin plug your image in, the anwendung spits rückseitig your perceived gender, age, und hotness rating ~ above a scale des "Hmm..," "Ok," "Nice," "Hot," "Stunning," or "Godlike."

Rather than offering users a complex about their self-image, Blinq co-founder Alex Zimmermann claims ns feature is intended to help users number out which photos wollen work best zum them ~ above a dating app.

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"We try to fix the belästigung that a last of civilization do notfall know what kind of bildern do work well on date apps," Zimmerman said Mic. Sie know, in case there"s any doubt an your mind end whether you should select a photo that aussehen like the ja wirklich you, or one that bei algorithm objectively tells you zu sein hot, according kommen sie science.

"Our algorithm is trained on the pictures von the Blinq ar that ist mainly based in Switzerland. Bei other parts of the world die perception might be really different ... Schutz fun and don"t take die results auch seriously."

I was interested to see how the anwendung would rate non-cisnormative, queer, and — let"s be ja wirklich — non-white faces.

I"m a queer femme — tendency beauty standards not only don"t apply kommen sie my community, yet they also actively work against me if they chaos too much with my visibility. Weil das example, If I"m at a queer party in a foxy dress, complete makeup, v a manicure, and freshly waxed foot — a presentation i feel completely hot an — ich will there is no fail it is in read von every queer person an the room as some gay guy"s straight best freundin who"s just there to tanzen it out. Bei other words, I"m catching method more fish with in undercut and sensible Frye boots.

Unsurprisingly, Blinq greatly favored my much more heteronormative photos. The best rating i could muster was a middling "hot" (a 4 out of 6 on your scale) through a professionally makeup-ed und retouched headshot i had taken when ich was 21 and still had straight girl hair.


Next, ich tested more recent picture (from period 26), with in unabashedly queerer look, ranging from less-made nach oben professional headshots, zu lipsticked and Instagram-filtered pics, kommen sie a sublime half-naked photo von me advocating ns Cliteracy task on a rooftop. Nothing gott me back to retouched, straight-girl-hair hotness.




Then, ich plugged bei a couple of photos from about ten years back (age 19), when ich was 40 pounds heavier, to lakers if mine weight would significantly shift my results. I tested photos v makeup and without, and also one beloved snap von me in Florence after ~ too much wine und pasta.

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Interestingly, photos bei which ich weighed more were aged viel older than i was at die time, while mine slimmer photos to be aged much younger than ich was at die time. I tested a photo von me from last week, on my 28th birthday, and it ausblüten aged me weist 23 (hotness rating: "ok"). Deshalb I guess: v that"s flattering.

For ns next phase des my experiment, i plugged bei a series of masculine of center queer folks, some trans* und some POC. Unsurprisingly, no one managed zu move past the "ok" rating. All the masculine von center queers to be read von the apps as male, with die exception des one person. I plugged in two various photos von them bring away on ns same night, and one came rückseitig reading as a 22-year-old female, and the other one came back as a 29-year alt male.

Another trans* man"s pre-transition photo got a "hot" male analysis (post-transition got an "ok" male), but die face finder was focused over a wicker chair in the background and not ns person"s face.

If you"re a queer person who strongly dislikes being misgendered, and you think there"s a gelegenheit you may confuse ns app, then you may want to avoid Blinq. Yet if you delight an subverting mainstream beauty standards von confusing measures of their success, climate you tun können have your very own photo assessed here.

In spite des having an attractive schwarz man available zum assessment in its tester (he comes zurück as "hot," über the way), nary a one von my non-white prüfung subjects could break into the hottest geholfen of the Blinq scale. Also a photo von Piers Morgan-approved hottie Janet Mock just came back with a "nice" rating.

But Blinq can und will completely affirm her hotness — if you"re cisnormative-looking, white, und have professionally retouched photos at your disposal zum dating app usage.

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