Kelly Osbourne’s Raya profile on Instagram this week, which marked one of the first times the app has been referenced on public social media.
One member I interviewed reported spotting Raven Symoné of I matched with the owner of the Paris nightclub I spent the summer of my 19th year strategizing about getting into, and stumbled upon enough up-and-coming DJs/musicians to program a weekend at Mo MA PS1's Warm Up.
He had sandy-brown hair, wide-set blue eyes, and a pet monkey.
In the photo, the animal perched on his shoulder, wearing a onesie and stroking his hair.
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.
, supposedly to help prominent members looking for dates distinguish themselves from fake accounts.
Watching the procession of photos felt intimate, like Face Timing a friend, but also creepy, like hacking into someone’s phone. Patrick has a last name even your grandmother who’s never used an app would recognize — his dad's a movie star.
But because we’d both been accepted to Raya, we could be chatting in just a few clicks, if we both tapped the heart on each other’s profiles.calls itself "an exclusive dating and networking platform for people in creative industries.” I’ve also heard it called “Illuminati Tinder.” Members are admitted by a secretive, anonymous committee, based in part on their Instagram presence.
It was cute, in a weird-text-from-your-little-brother's-friend kind of way.
I pressed a play button and my i Phone filled with a Patrick montage set to music.
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.