First Engagement Heralded at Dating Site for the 'Less Attracive'

Amazed at home many of the folks on sites like,, or are incredibly good-looking? There's a site for people who are "aesthetically challenged" (their words, not ours) and it is celebrating a milestone: the first engagement between two of its members. Tom Clifford, 36, and Janine Walker, 31, have become engaged after meeting on the U.K. version of the website "The Ugly Bug Ball," which has U.K., U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Irish versions of the site. The site describes its mission statement as follows:
Internet dating is more popular that it’s ever been with singles all over the world logging on to find the love of their life. But aren’t you sick of all the twee lovey dovey dating sites that show perfectly pretty people walking hand in hand on a wind swept beach? We know it never turns out like that - at TUBB we deal in reality. If you are one of the millions of people that don’t always like what they see in the mirror, then this is the place for you!

Clifford and Walker have become engaged after just four dates, though Clifford first saw her ad in August. The site is so excited to hear of their engagement, it has offered them a free honeymoon, to Borth in Wales. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Clifford said as much in his initial email to Walker:
"Dear Janine, Just seen your beautiful face on The Ugly Bug Ball and would love to meet up. You live near me, so this shouldn't be a problem. I've got a face that makes children cry but, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and I think you'll love me too."
Here's what Walker said:
"I appreciate that Tom isn't Brad Pitt, but then I'm no Angelina Jolie either. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to me Tom's the perfect, handsome prince. I'm just so pleased to have been able to meet him, and I'm head-over-heels in love."
We wish them well. Not everyone in this world can be Jennifer Aniston or George Clooney, but all deserve love.