Celebrities who use online dating

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, supposedly to help prominent members looking for dates distinguish themselves from fake accounts.

The thing is, a blue checkmark isn’t exactly discreet.

And no, none of their matches believed their profiles were real.

Ryan Lochte, too, has taken a dip into Tinder waters, and even this girl met a winning Olympian on Tinder, but rejected him because she didn't know who he was (but oh, does she regret that now! Yes, these were all real celebrity profiles on the average dating app.

The members I interviewed all loved the immersive, impressionistic quality.

(“The music is a great way to tell if someone is basic,” one artist told me over coffee.

(This makes sense, given that careful control of one’s social-media brand is a prerequisite for admission.) Most of the half-dozen Raya members I interviewed were skittish about publicly discussing the app, and preferred to remain anonymous.As my friend Chloe Mackey, an NYC writer and model, put it: “No one will ever find love on Raya.It’s about getting an ego boost.” Other users see Raya more positively. A.-based fashion and art producer who’s been on five Raya dates this summer (her old average was once every three months) said of her matches: “They all have their shit together, with respectable jobs.” Plus, “every single person on it is legitimately hot.” The general attractiveness of the Raya member pool might provoke self-consciousness, if the interface didn’t make interactions feel so democratic.There were plenty of non-famous people, too: artists, models, record-label employees, ad execs, photographers.Most had Instagram follower counts starting in the low thousands, or else were young and very, applicants are evaluated by an algorithm, which considers “overall Instagram influence, who recommended the applicant, and how many active Raya members follow the applicant on Instagram,” as well as a committee’s vote.

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