Will the iPhone’s Ugly Meter Harm Young Girls’ Self-Esteem?

    Are you “so ugly, you could make a glass eye cry” or “so hot, you make the sun jealous”? Not sure? Ask the Ugly Meter.

    The Ugly Meter has been around for a couple of years now. But after Howard Stern recently featured its upgraded version, the Ugly Meter Pro, on his radio show, the iPhone apps have been brought into the limelight. Now the Ugly Meter is all everyone’s raving about. Basically, it scans the contours of your face and determines, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the ugliest), whether you’re ugly or not. And it’s not afraid to offend.

    When your friends won’t tell you the truth, the Ugly Meter will (Ugly Meter tag line).

    Of course the Ugly Meter’s standards leave much to be desired, since it gave Brad Pitt 8 out of 10, which is up there in ugliness. But we all know–okay, I know–that Brad Pitt is far from ugly, so the Ugly Meter is either not accurate or has no taste.

    This app may be humorous to some who consider it just a fun tool, but there are concerns that it could result in self-esteem issues for young girls who take its ratings to heart. And as we’ve discussed time and time again on Project Inspired, many young girls are very sensitive about their looks and their bodies.

    Fashion magazines consistently promote their idea of the perfect body and face, yet young girls are unable to meet these standards–primarily because they don’t exist, even on the women that are featured. This is because even the most naturally beautiful model is Photoshopped.

    Many parents and school officials are concerned that this app will make young girls feel bad about themselves. And in this vanity-obsessed society, it could likely lead to further self-doubt.

    The obsession with beauty is paramount in our society today. It’s almost as if beauty trumps everything in a person. If you’re beautiful or attractive, then you’ll be fine. Young girls have been led to believe that beauty is all that counts, even if their world is falling apart around them. But that’s so far from the truth.

    Beauty is superficial. And beauty without a good heart is like a box of cereal that looks appealing but tastes repulsive. Because society is focusing on all the wrong things, it’s destroying the self-esteem of so many young girls, and for what? A flawed sense of what’s important?

    You could be the most beautiful women in the world, but if you lie, cheat and are mean, then no one’s going to care about how you look. A beautiful person with a flawed heart will be treated the same as that box of cereal. She will be discarded, rejected, ignored and likely despised. It may take some time, but it will happen eventually.

    The Ugly Meter is a prime example of how society emphasizes beauty above everything. But this flawed belief system only offers a warped sense of priorities. Inner beauty should be in question, not outer beauty. We can all work on beautifying our character. We can all strive to be good people. The sooner society reverts back to what’s truly important and discards all that is superficial, the better.

    Ladies, I pray you all realize the significance of being beautiful inside. Your character is more important than your face and your body. Please know that if you all strive to be kind and compassionate and good, then you’re working at being the person Christ intended you to be. Please don’t be distracted by your looks. That will only take you away from working on being the best person you can be inside. A good heart is easier to attain than the beautiful face that the Ugly Meter will likely not approve of anyway.

    Ladies, what do you think about this app? Do you have it?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. I don’t need an app to tell me I’m beautiful or “so hot the sun is jealous” because I know I’m beautiful because God made me the way I am.

      I hope that doesn’t sound conceded

    2. Lol I tried the app, it’s totally at random and inaccurate, I’ve gotten both a 0 and a 9.8. I think the app is just for fun, if someone takes their result to heart, no offense, but they are being way too overly sensitive and they shouldn’t have used the app to begin with.

      • Hi, BeMyLoveStory,
        I agree with you that the app is inaccurate. I don’t agree that people are overly sensitive if they take the results to heart because:

        1- Girls dont want to be called ugly, even if its just an inaccurate app. Would you like it if someone said you were ugly then said “jk”?

        2- We are all Gods girls, abd He created us all beautiful.:)

    3. I used to have this app, and it is completely random. You can use the exact same picture three times and get three totally different ratings. I went back to the app store and looked at some of the reviews, and most of the people who had reviewed it were seriously hurt or offended, and I was totally surprised. It is so scary to me to think that some girls’ self-esteem is so low that it can be shattered by an app that doesn’t even work 🙁

    4. Sounds like a lame app for a smart phone. I think everyone feels lame and has low self-esteem. And I think God made us that way so that we can pray to Him and learn to need and depend Him. No person has perfect genes or perfect looks. A low self-esteem is pretty easy to get when we lack family, friend, fun and prayers.

    5. I tried that app! I loved it! I laughed because it gave me a 10, and I looked in the mirror and a guy walked over and asked me out, right after I got a ten! I know I’m beautiful, inside and out. So are you, guys, I mean, girls. God bless!

    6. honestly i think it should be taken off the market i know girls who would seriously take it to heart and that’s so not cool to make our young teens feel more insecure then they already are!!!!

    7. I’ve heard of some stupid applications, or “apps”, but this is one of the most ridiculous! I don’t even like IPhones personally, but really? That’s so dumb, and people are a bit gullible if they really think an application on a handheld gadget should tell them if they’re ugly.

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