Irish men are the 'ugliest in the world' but Irish woman scrub up well
A WEBSITE for so-called beautiful people has ranked males from the island of Ireland as the ugliest in the world.
New analysis of last year's nation-by-nation figures revealed that the Republic of Ireland and Poland are joint second-to-bottom on the list, with just a 9pc success rate in landing their profiles on beautifulpeople.com.
But men from Northern Ireland at just 6pc, have been rated as the world's ugliest by the Los Angeles-based site's chiefs — a stark contrast to the table-topping Swedes at 65pc.
The elite dating club now claims more than five million members worldwide, despite its strict vetting procedures whereby picky members of the opposite sex rate you on the basis of how attractive you look in a submitted profile picture.
Although an average of one in five, or 20pc of all global applicants — up to 3,000 every day — make it on to the site, there are huge discrepancies between nations.
Men from India (15pc), Germany (15pc) and the UK (12pc) also proved a turn-off for voters, while hunks from Brazil (45pc), Denmark (40pc) and Italy (39pc) got the thumbs-up.
However, there was better news for Irish women who have a 19pc admission rate while women from Northern Ireland have a 15pc admission rate, level with Britain and above the bottom-of-the-list Germans at just 13pc.
Scandinavian babes dominated the top three places, with Norwegians the pick of the world's beauties at 76pc, followed by Sweden at 68pc and Iceland at 66pc.
However, Greg Hodge, who runs the website, believes Irish fellas could shoot up the rankings if they smartened themselves up and made more effort with their appearance.He said: “I think men from the whole island have let themselves down by the profile pictures they've been uploading.
“Often it's a photo of them inside the pub with a pint in their hand, whereas a Brazilian man will go to great efforts and make sure he looks tanned and toned and probably has a beach as a backdrop.
“So I really believe if men, both Northern Irish and from the Republic, made more effort to look good in their photos and weren't so relaxed about it, they'd have far more success.
“But I'd stress they shouldn't feel too disheartened by this. If there were rankings for charm, humour and accent, they'd be top of the list.”
Mr Hodge also stressed he makes no apology for running a website which is exclusively available to the globe's best-looking singletons.
He said: “The concept is based on a fundamental human fact - that people want to be with someone they find attractive.”
He added: “We always get a surge of applicants at this time of year, in the run-up to Valentine's Day. A lot of people start to feel lonely and are desperate to try and get a bit of romance.”