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While many feel the internet and the tech revolution has provided us with this great inclusive utopian space—a place where everyone should be treated equally—Raya, and apps like it are bringing a “you can’t sit with us” divide to the fold.
“The beautiful thing about Tinder, Ok Cupid and Bumble is that they are very egalitarian, but there has always has been a sexiness in exclusivity. People find things they can’t have to be super sexy—this includes networks. I wanted to join because I heard this guy from was on [it].” At the end of the day, if you are accepted into the Raya tribe—just like any other dating app—there is certainly no promise of a George Clooney-Amal Alamuddin Venetian wedding after you’re tapped out.
“I have enough fodder for at least a year’s worth of jokes and I’ve been introduced to people on this that are in the same lane I am in so it can be seen as a networking experience too.” The fact that profiles include a music selection that soundtracks an array of curated photos under your name is enough to gag at.
“I avoid anyone who has acoustic guitar,” says 33-year-old Nasty Gal editorial director Tiyana Grulovic. “I saw a guy use an Enya song for his profile and loved it,” she says.
Related: New York Magazine’s ‘Sex Lives’ Podcast: How to Survive the Dating Apocalypse " data-reactid="22"Related: New York Magazine’s ‘Sex Lives’ Podcast: How to Survive the Dating Apocalypse Raya 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.
The first profile I saw on the dating app Raya was Patrick, 21.He had sandy-brown hair, wide-set blue eyes, and a pet monkey.