Celebrities who use online dating
“People are like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so fucking sad,’” Raya solves the privacy problem through careful curation, as well as its interface: Try to screenshot someone’s profile, and you’ll get an alert threatening to kick you off the network if the photo makes it online.(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.Raya’s creators did not respond to requests for comment, and neither did representatives for any of the public figures whose names are cited in this story.The controlled hush around Raya points to a paradox of internet culture: The more everyone strives for digital fame, the more those who achieve it search for ways to escape.
Raya isn’t the first online dating service to try to harness celebrity and status to cultivate an image of exclusivity — its strategy, however, seems shrewder than most.The League, another private dating app, launched last year amid widespread media coverage and .1 million in seed money, and has attracted that’s elite by some standards but blandly corporate by others. Since it launched in March, it has stayed totally out of the press.The people that gravitate to this are diverse, but also, generally, more (internet) famous than their counterparts on other dating services., supposedly to help prominent members looking for dates distinguish themselves from fake accounts.The thing is, a blue checkmark isn’t exactly discreet.