We even scoured the top 400 most popular Ok Cupid profiles—the hottest people on the site in ten US cities—to see what their profile pics could tell the rest of us about attracting a date.
We couldn’t have done any of this without the help of the data maestros at Match and Ok Cupid: Christian Rudder, cofounder and president of Ok Cupid, and Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at
"You want to have yourself done up really well so that whoever is looking at your picture will see that you can look really great, and you want to have yourself looking natural.
Even if you do like “walking on the beach” or “drinking wine in front of a roaring fire” leave it out – everyone says that.
‘Play up your love of anything sporty, outdoorsy or public – like concerts and exhibitions.’ Wouldn’t you know, profile photos that demonstrate you playing your guitar or downhill skiing – even if your face isn’t showing – get more messages.
Avoid negative tones and always be positive about yourself. You wouldn’t want a future employer to read anything negative, so why would you want a potential partner to read anything that isn’t positive?
It may seem like a no-brainer, but using a picture of yourself five years ago or 10 pounds ago will only let you down in the long run.
It's okay to upload your favorite vacation pic if it's a few years old, but be sure that the majority of your pictures are within the last six months.
Okay, well, maybe not your , but let potential suitors know about your imperfections.