"It's definitely hard to get through that rope, but once you're in, you're in, and you're part of the party," Pellegrino said."But you know there's going to be a lot of people outside waiting." The 33-year-old Nutley resident said he and his partner, Sean Cohen of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., created the site after concluding that Internet dating sites attract a lot of brave and desperate people, but not particularly attractive ones.Once they're in, they are permitted to e-mail other "hotties" for .95 a month.
Jason Pellegrino (an 8.2 on the attractiveness scale) says the problem with Internet dating services is not enough really hot-looking people.
So he and a business partner have created Hot Enough.org, a sort of online version of Studio 54, the exclusive '70s disco where gaining admission was a pitiless Darwinian exercise. Prospective members must submit pictures and must be rated an 8 or higher by people already in the club.
Among those who didn't make the cut was Jeanette Ponder, a 28-year-old Internet blogger from East Orange who considered herself an 8 or 9.
Ziomek, who said his job in real estate keeps him from going out much, is 5-foot-11, has blue eyes and light brown hair and goes to the gym four to five times a week.
Using Hot "saves time and it does the searching for you, narrows it down to the people that you are interested in meeting," he said.
Candidates must send in three pictures, including one full-body shot.
Active members rate the pictures online without knowing anything else about the people in them.
"People can say that the site is shallow, they can say it's superficial, but I think we're all a bit superficial when it comes to dating," Pellegrino said.
One of the "hotties" accepted into the club is Jimmy Ziomek, a 29-year-old from New York City who rated an 8.2.