The factor of appearance will also easily affect your work more or less. But we can't be without a photo in the profile. As any employee, we become what we behold you will want to check photos of the person you want to hire first to see if they are a good fit, not just race.
Sounds like age discrimination
Is this another way to assess an applicant’s age? Sounds familiar, as some applications cannot ask for DOB, so they instead ask the year you graduated from high school, like that matters.
As with a resume, doesn't adding a picture leave one open to discrimination of any sort? Expert resume crafters say to only include a picture if you are applying for on-air media position or an entertainment role where looks are considered, or if a picture is specifically is requested. Otherwise including one very well may eliminate you from consideration. If an employer is interested enough to pursue discovering a candidate's appearance they can go to LinkedIn where it is a given your picture will be posted. Are we not supposed to be judged by our qualifications when it comes to a job search?