The app that rates how attractive your selfies are

David Beckham, Sexiest Man Alive for 2015, understandably rated highly in the Blinq app.

David Beckham, Sexiest Man Alive for 2015, understandably rated highly in the Blinq app.

If you're struggling to decide if that selfie really would make the perfect profile picture, then help is at hand.

However unlike a sympathetic pal or tactful partner, you might not always like this app's answer.

Devised in conjunction with the University of Zurich, the Blinq photo app uses artificial intelligence to rate images based on the subject's attractiveness.

The six stages of results range from Hmm.. OK, and Nice to Hot, Stunning and Godlike, and the tool also estimates the age of the person photographed.

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"Attractiveness is highly subjective and its perception differs from culture to culture," the app warns users. "Have fun and don't take the results too seriously."

The algorithm is trained on pictures of mostly Swiss citizens, so "in other parts of the world the perception might be very different".

In a bid to test out the effectiveness of the app, we tried running a few celebrity images through its rating system - and the results are rather surprising. 

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The world's highest-paid supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, came out with a middling Hot rating, though the app guessed she was five years younger than her actual age.

Esquire's Sexiest Woman of 2015, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, was also ranked as Hot, and had three years shaved off her actual age.

Angelina Jolie was estimated to be five years younger and got a Stunning nod, however the actress was trumped by reality star Kylie Jenner, who may have had three years added to her age but also received the highest accolade of Godlike.

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However a different picture of the 18 year old was ranked as a mediocre Nice (looks like that fringe was really working against her).

When it came to the opposite sex, People's Sexiest Man Alive, David Beckham, shed five years and was crowned Stunning. However tweeny favourite Harry Styles gained a year and was ranked as OK, with the app incurring the wrath of One Directioners around the world no doubt.

Were you brave enough to give the app a spin? How accurate were your results?

 - Stuff

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