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.“Like, if a girl picks ‘Trap Queen.’”) Instagram handles are hyperlinked within profiles for easy browsing, but you can’t like or comment — if you want to engage, both of you must tap the heart on each other’s Raya profiles and hope for a match.indicator of dateability?“If you have a million selfies, I find that somewhat off-putting,” said Molly Berman, an L.
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 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.
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.