I was reading this n+1 article and it uses the word "kallocratic" in this context:

... ascending Diotima’s ladder from the lower rung of desire for the sun-kissed body of the swimsuit model to the kallocratic worldview of beautiful actions based on knowledge of the eternal and beautiful forms ...

A Google search of the word only returns the article (and presumably now this question too).

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    You might also search alternative forms and spellings: kallocracy, callocracy, callocratic. Those return a book and some more articles.
    – shoover
    Dec 4, 2019 at 3:49
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    Or my personal favorite: callipygian - "possessing a beautiful butt".
    – MT_Head
    Dec 4, 2019 at 7:06

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It means "rule by beauty" because Greek κάλλος (kallos) means "beauty". The OED has it as being the first etymon of the similarly spelled kalloscope for example and it's also part of Kallipolis/Callipolis (spelled in the more typical way, with an I), meaning "beautiful city" in Greek.

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