Raya is like the hipster, DJ-infested version of Fight Club. The first rule of Raya: You do not talk about Raya. The second rule of Raya: You do not talk about Raya, so much so that the app punishes you for even taking screen grabs. In fact, we're being a little bit naughty by just writing about it. The word has only leaked here and there, but as you read this, the likelihood is quite high that anyone associated with NYLON who has a Raya account is probably getting flayed by folks in black trench coats.
Do not worry: The so-called Tinder for Illuminati has built its cache by flying under the radar. Well, not entirely radar-less, as there are plenty of handsome model types and TV show stars who must've gotten their invites from somewhere, and we have a hard time thinking there is some sort of famous person Listserv that exists. (Is there? Is there a famous person Listserv?)
Here's what we know: The app has been around for over a year—and though it bills itself as a connector for "creative types," it mostly has very beautiful folks with 5,000-plus Instagram followers. And you want to see its allure? Watch this: It's very, very hard to get on. (Now, how badly do you want to get on it? See? Exclusivity works.)
So why would the super famous need a dating app to meet new people? Who knows, celebrities are mysterious creatures, like cats... even famous cats. (Note: No famous cats, thus far, on Raya.)
Now, there are regular citizens on Raya, so there is hope for all of us. However, the approval process is not exactly clear-cut. From what we can glean, you need to meet at least four out of the five following criteria in order to be accepted:
Have a cool and/or creative occupation
Have a significant Instagram following
Have other friends on Raya who can recommend you
Maybe be magical?
Fortunately, a few of us have been blessed to have encountered some of these denizens of Raya (or, hey, maybe even got accepted to Raya ourselves, though rule number one prevents us from actually admitting that), and after being slightly starstruck by the company, we started compiling a list of famous people that popped up. Which means, they are eligible and want to date you, me, each other, or maybe a famous cat.
While we have heard that these people have browsed Raya at one point over the past few months, they might not be there at this very moment. Or maybe we hallucinated them entirely. Just kidding—we definitely confirmed their presence in one way or another, but with the app's dedicated opacity, their mere presence may have vanished into a vapor made of lost dreams, smoke machines, and adorable photos of pit bulls. You never know when a celeb might find what they're looking for and delete their account, though. (Notable fact: These profiles were connected to legitimate celebrity social media accounts, so we're assuming they're the real deal.)
See the famous faces—looking for love just like the rest of us—we've seen while browsing Raya after the break, so you know who you might encounter should you get in.
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Name: Avicii (aka Tim Bergling) Profession: Producer, DJ Instagram: @avicii There are actually loads of DJs, but this one we have heard of, and also, he is a totally babely babe.
Name: Cara Delevingne Profession: Actor, Model Instagram:@caradelevingne What if you met Cara D. on a dating app? That would be, like, adopting a gryphon on Petfinder.
Name: Ruby Rose Profession: Actor, Model Instagram:@rubyrose Ruby Rose is human catnip, and if you were a dating app, your entire marketing strategy should be: 1.) Get Ruby Rose on app 2.) ??? 3.) Profit.
Name: Sharon Stone Profession: Actor Instagram:@sharonstone Next time your parents suggest that Internet dating is ruining romance, point out that if it is good enough for Sharon Stone, then it is good enough for us silly plebes.
Name: Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz) Profession: Producer, Musician, DJ Instagram:@diplo Guys, in general, are super intimidated by Diplo—not only because he's good-looking, but he is also the coolest dude in the room.
Name: Joe Jonas Profession: Musician Instagram:@joejonas True fact: We will follow Joe Jonas anywhere, even to the bottom of a boiling hot volcano filled with booger juice. (Please don't make us do that, Joe. We would, but please don't make us.)
Name: Alexander Wang Profession: Fashion Designer Instagram:@alexanderwangny Being swiped right on by Alexander Wang is the dating version of winning the freaking lottery.
Name: Rivers Cuomo Profession: Musician (Weezer) Instagram:@rivers_cuomo We mean, what could be a better tagline? Raya, the dating app used by the lead singer of Weezer.
Name: Cody Simpson Profession: Musician Instagram:@codysimpson Cody Simpson, you sweetheart, we adore you.
Name: Flume (Harley Edward Streten) Profession: Musician, Producer Instagram:@flumemusic You've got to love a guy who can make you dance.
Name: Moby (Richard Melville Hall) Profession: Musician, Producer Instagram:@moby What can we say? Moby has always been an early adopter.
Name: John Cusack Profession: Actor, Screenwriter Instagram:@johncusack Seriously, marry me, John Cusack, marry me—we are soul mates forever, I promise.
Name: Patrick Schwarzenegger Profession: Model, Actor Instagram:@patrickschwarzenegger We swiped right on Patrick. He did not swipe right on us.
Name: Fred Durst Profession: Musician (Limp Bizkit) Instagram: @freddurst Fred Freakin' Durst.
Name: Teri Hatcher Profession: Actor Instagram:@officialterihatcher Secretly—or not secretly at all—we hope Teri Hatcher is just breaking hearts of 20-somethings everywhere. (She probably is.)
Name: Samantha Ronson Profession: Musician, DJ Instagram:@samantharonson Is she the coolest human on earth? There's only one way to find out. Swipe right.
Name: Elijah Wood Profession: Actor Twitter:@elijahwood He's such a little hobbit. Who wouldn't want some Elijah in their life?
Name: Bob Saget Profession: Actor, Stand-Up Comic Instagram:@bobsaget Solid dad humor is a turn on.
Name: Eddie Huang Profession: Restaurateur, Writer, TV Host Instagram:@mreddiehuang Just imagine the dinners!
Name: Eric Wareheim Profession: Actor, Writer, Director Instagram: @ericwareheim How does one pick up the weirdest, funniest person alive?
Name: Hannibal Buress Profession: Actor, Stand-Up Comic, TV Host Instagram:@hannibalburess All we'd be talking about is what the Broad City ladies are really like.
Name: Matthew Perry Profession: Actor Twitter: @matthewperry His profile name was "Matthew."
Name: Phoebe Dahl Profession: Fashion Designer Instagram:@pheobe What if Phoebe Dahl matched with Ruby Rose? Awkward.
Name: Raven-Symoné Profession: Actor, TV Host Instagram:@ravensymone She's problematic. We like problematic.
Name: Ryan Lochte Profession: Olympic Athlete Instagram:@ryanlochte "GUYS. RYAN LOCHTE IS ON RAYA. LOOK!"
Name: Zach Braff Profession: Actor Instagram: @zachbraff Downside: He'll always be asking you, "And how did that make you feel?" Upside: Back rubs.
Name: Zedd (Anton Zaslavski) Profession: Musician Instagram: @zedd We wonder, would he play his own music during a date?
Name: Bonnie Wright Profession: Actor Instagram:@thisisbwright Friends: How else can you date Ginny Weasley?