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28 Famous People On Raya, The Secret Dating App for Celebrities

Illuminati Tinder

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:

  1. Have a cool and/or creative occupation
  2. Have a significant Instagram following
  3. Have other friends on Raya who can recommend you
  4. Be hot
  5. 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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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Name: Alexander Wang

Profession: Fashion Designer

Instagram: @alexanderwangny

Being swiped right on by Alexander Wang is the dating version of winning the freaking lottery.

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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.

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Name: Cody Simpson

Profession: Musician

Instagram: @codysimpson 

Cody Simpson, you sweetheart, we adore you.

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Name: Flume (Harley Edward Streten)

Profession: Musician, Producer

Instagram: @flumemusic

You've got to love a guy who can make you dance.

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Name: Moby (Richard Melville Hall)

Profession: Musician, Producer

Instagram: @moby

What can we say? Moby has always been an early adopter.

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Name: John Cusack

Profession: Actor, Screenwriter

Instagram: @johncusack 

Seriously, marry me, John Cusack, marry me—we are soul mates forever, I promise.

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Name: Patrick Schwarzenegger

Profession: Model, Actor

Instagram: @patrickschwarzenegger 

We swiped right on Patrick. He did not swipe right on us.

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Name: Fred Durst

Profession: Musician (Limp Bizkit)

Instagram: @freddurst 

Fred

Freakin'

Durst.

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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.)

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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.  

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Name: Elijah Wood

Profession: Actor

Twitter: @elijahwood 

He's such a little hobbit. Who wouldn't want some Elijah in their life?

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Name: Bob Saget

Profession: Actor, Stand-Up Comic

Instagram: @bobsaget

Solid dad humor is a turn on.

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Name: Eddie Huang

Profession: Restaurateur, Writer, TV Host

Instagram: @mreddiehuang 

Just imagine the dinners!

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Name: Eric Wareheim

Profession: Actor, Writer, Director

Instagram: @ericwareheim

How does one pick up the weirdest, funniest person alive?

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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.

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Name: Matthew Perry

Profession: Actor

Twitter: @matthewperry

His profile name was "Matthew."

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Name: Phoebe Dahl

Profession: Fashion Designer

Instagram: @pheobe 

What if Phoebe Dahl matched with Ruby Rose? Awkward.

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Name: Raven-Symoné

Profession: Actor, TV Host

Instagram: @ravensymone

She's problematic. We like problematic. 

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Name: Ryan Lochte

Profession: Olympic Athlete

Instagram: @ryanlochte 

"GUYS. RYAN LOCHTE IS ON RAYA. LOOK!"

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Name: Zach Braff

Profession: Actor

Instagram: @zachbraff 

Downside: He'll always be asking you, "And how did that make you feel?" Upside: Back rubs.

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Name: Zedd (Anton Zaslavski)

Profession: Musician

Instagram: @zedd

We wonder, would he play his own music during a date?

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Name: Bonnie Wright

Profession: Actor

Instagram:@thisisbwright

Friends: How else can you date Ginny Weasley?