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What is Raya Dating App & Which Celebrities Are On it?

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There are a lot of dating apps in the world. Some of them are very famous across the world and some of them very famous in a particular region. Almost all the dating apps are open for all, but there is one exclusive app that requires an application from your side in order to use it. Yes, you heard it right. Raya is an iOS app launched back in 2015. Initially, this app was just a private dating app but with time they added professional features that helped users in their businesses. The majority of the user base is from the entertainment industry. The app has been here for a long time but recently, it was in the limelight because of a viral Tik-Tok video.

A famous model/actress and writer Nivine Jay, posted a video of her matching with the famous Hollywood actor Ben Affleck. She unmatched him thinking that it is a fake account, but later when she received a video message from Ben, she realized that it was truly him. In the video, Ben said, “Nivine, why did you unmatch me? It’s me”. This video created so many questions among the common people. Is Raya a celebrity dating app? Why does Raya accept so many fewer people? How can I be a member of Raya?

Steps to Join Raya

Well, in order to be a member of Raya, you have to apply first. In your application, you have to give your Instagram handle and a referral from someone who is already a Raya member. If you don’t have a referral, chances are that your application will get rejected quite easily. Apart from these two requirements, they will also ask you a question like with whom would you like to go on a dinner and why. They will ask about your work status and bonds which you have with the people of your industry. Raya has an acceptance rate of 8%.  Seems like a prestigious community for the entertainment industry.

Developers at Raya say that all the applications go through algorithmic filtering and testing from current community members. If you get accepted, then you will be able to use Raya by paying a monthly fee of $7.99.

There have been revelations of other celebrities using it in the past. Famous actress Drew Barrymore also accepted that she used Raya but she got bored with it. There may definitely be a lot more people from Hollywood who are using this app. In 2018, Nylon Magazine revealed some of the celebrities who are using this app. They were Elijah Wood, Zach Braff, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Teri Hatcher, Ruby Rose, Sharon Stone, Moby, John Cusack, and Cara Delevingne.

Raya Home Screen

Raya APP Screenshot

Open to the Public?

Raya isn’t the only app that is a ‘private global community’. There are a lot of other apps and websites that work on an invite basis. The clubhouse is one of them. It is a very popular live audio app and is currently not open to all. The developers of Clubhouse though, have plans for the app to roll out for everyone in the future. Currently, Clubhouse is only on iOS but it has gained a lot of popularity from everyone. So, the developers are indeed working on the Android version of the app.

Unlike Clubhouse, we don’t think Raya will ever be open to everyone for free in the future. It has maintained itself as an elite private community since its launch and it will be like that. There is something for the common people though. It is a website—a Raya website for all the non-users where they can see what’s happening at Raya.

More Dating Apps

So now you know that there is only one way to join Raya. Become popular. If you are too lazy to do that, then they’re a lot open to all alternative dating apps. The most popular one is, of course, Tinder. Then you have Bumble, Hinge, and many more.

This was pretty much everything about Raya and the latest video which has been going viral on social media. Do you think the system of a private networking/dating app is a good idea? Do let us know your thoughts down below.

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