Elite Dating Apps from Raya to Luxy That Use Instagram Net Worth and Followers as Filters | London Evening Standard
Where meeting someone online was once an embarrassment, dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Happn have now become ubiquitous – and they’re only growing in popularity.
And now there is a whole host of dating apps that cater to very specific groups of people, including those who spend every January on Harbor Island and have a black card.
These apps include features like a 200,000 minimum wage bracket, an entry quiz on your favorite luxury brands (Heaven forbids you from slipping straight on a Gucci lover when you really are more of a Burberry) and even a bar for anyone with less than 5,000 Instagram followers.
Here’s our take on the good, the bad, and the downright shameless of elite dating apps.
USP: ‘Tinder for the rich.’
Who is he talking to : Uh … rich people.
Notable features: Having to choose your favorite luxury brands when registering.
When you join a standard dating app, you are faced with the same types of questions. What kind of work do you do? What are your interests? Do you want children?
Luxy is a little different. Yes, there are the usual boxes to fill out, asking you to describe both yourself and your ideal match. But there’s also a section asking you to select your five favorite luxury brands – from Cartier to Yves Saint Laurent, it’s all there. Connecting around a common interest in extremely expensive clothes might not be the dream romantic comedy of your dreams, but Luxy definitely makes it … possible.
The aim of the app is to connect people with considerable wealth – the lowest salary bracket you can fall into when you sign up is ‘£ 200,000 +’. It also costs £ 80 per month for three-month access, with lifetime access to the LuxyBlack VIP platform available for a Bitcoin (currently around £ 4,500) – pretty prohibitive for anyone except the super rich, you would have thought. .
This may also be why its CEO described it not as “Tinder for the rich” but rather as “Tinder without poor people. ”Lovely.
USP: The League uses LinkedIn data to help you find a match.
Who is he talking to : The career-oriented.
Notable features: Real “janitors” who help you understand the application, write your first messages and find matches.
In 2015, serial date Amanda Bradford decided she was fed up with the image-centric superficiality of regular dating apps, instead wanting an experience that wasn’t tied to her looks but to her accomplishments. . She decided to create a “Tinder for the elites” – The League.
Most dating apps ask for your Facebook account when you log in. Not the League. Instead, alongside the standard dating app rate, it uses your LinkedIn data to create a profile highlighting your workplace and education. Users are vetted and put on a waiting list – which can seemingly be quite large, with daters reporting waits ranging from 24 hours to several weeks.
An advantage of LinkedIn registration? It won’t show you any of your professional connections – so there’s no chance you might accidentally run into the guy from IT who tried to kiss you at the Christmas party.
USP: Exclusive meetings for the beautiful and famous.
Who is he talking to : Awesome and influential people.
Notable features: It’s full of celebrities.
Raya is the crème de la crème of elite dating apps – the one we all want to be secretly on, if only for gossip. It’s a private app for members only, and the requirements are pretty stringent. Much like entering Soho House, you must have cool or creative work, for one, and over 5,000 Instagram followers. You also need a friend on the app to recommend you – and even that doesn’t guarantee your entry. You will then be checked by a committee of anonymous Raya users around the world, who will verify the suitability of your profile.
It’s worth the wait, however – celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Diplo, Teri Hatcher, and Sharon Stone are said to be on the app. In other words? You probably don’t come in.
USP: “Thoughtful meetings” for demanding intellectuals.
Who is he talking to : Smart people, apparently.
Notable features: Profile “questions” that allow you to show off your creativity.
Like the other apps on this list, Sapio considers itself an “elite” dating app – but the elite game isn’t based on how much money you make, how many followers you get. have or your fame.
Instead, Sapio prides itself on being a dating app for the bright sparks of the world – the “Sapiosexuals” who say they find intelligence stimulating. So, rather than the short Tinder or Bumble bio, Sapio asks you provocative or thoughtful questions, such as “which fictional or non-fictional person do you consider your idol”, or “what philosophy do you live by?” “.
This is a good way to show how smart you think you are – but whether or not you want to meet someone who considers themselves so smart they need a special app for it, that’s a big deal. another question.