Our focus at Raya is to provide members with access to exciting people and
opportunities around the world. We are a private community where people come to
connect for dating, networking, and friendship. – Prospective members may
download the app and submit an application. Once submitted,...
I go off and on with online dating, giving it a shot here and there. I have stints of giving relationships a shot and then come back to it, all the while keeping the subscription active. I’ve been on Raya for a while, I’d say almost 2 years. it’s not without the same issues as all online dating platforms, people ghost, they match and don’t start conversations, etc. I’ve accepted those as now normal behavior on dating apps. But I do think Raya has more attractive and interesting people, so I don’t mind paying for it with the prospect of finding myself a beautiful and creative person. In the beginning I match pretty regularly, but it seems I haven’t matched with anyone in months on Raya, despite the tons of new users I’m seeing and liking. I’m wondering if it’s because I’ve been on there for so long they’ve simply stopped showing me? It certainly feels that way. I know they claim to be selective and sensitive to the community, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve deemed me undatable or something because of how long I’ve had the app. Def get in and get out with this app. Paying for it longer than a year seemingly puts you on their matching blacklist and becomes just a frustrating waste of money. I started up a different dating app recently and the matches are coming in hot. So, not to sound cocky, but I don’t think it’s me. Will not be renewing the next round.
Traditional dating apps don’t work for me. I’ve even seen 3 separate guys I met on the others ones for a few dates to find they didn’t even have cars (hey, no scrubs much?). I kept running into people that felt either threatened by my success or were aggressively trying to take advantage of it. I feel safe in this space. I also find with my crazy hours/touring schedule, I could really only end up with someone who is equally busy and career driven. This app filters out the static. To me, it doesn’t matter if they only show people in my city because myself and (I’m assuming) most other people on the app travel so often that it doesn’t really matter. It’s fun and I’m having great conversations. It was frustrating being waitlisted for 4-5 months when all my friends were on it but it was worth it in my opinion. I don’t really want it to be accessible because then it doesn’t serve the same purpose. Honestly, being a “celebrity” completely takes away your ability to get in on the dating app fun and this has been so fun for my REALLY famous friends to do what everyone else is doing. Great app concept. Yes it’s kind of elitist but isn’t that *sort of* the point? App could use some updates though cause it’s really slow and glitches a lot.
Traditional dating apps don’t work for me. I kept running into people that felt either threatened by my success or were aggressively trying to take advantage of it. I feel safe in this space. I also find with my crazy hours/touring schedule, I could really only end up with someone who is equally busy and career driven. This app filters out the static. To me, it doesn’t matter if they only show people in my city because myself and (I’m assuming) most other people on the app travel so often that it doesn’t really matter. It’s fun and I’m having great conversations. It was frustrating being waitlisted for 4-5 days when all my friends were on it but it was worth it in my opinion. I don’t really want it to be accessible because then it doesn’t serve the same purpose. Honestly, being a “celebrity” completely takes away your ability to get in on the dating app fun and this has been so fun for my REALLY famous friends to do what everyone else is doing. Great app concept. Yes it’s kind of elitist but isn’t that *sort of* the point?
In the industry and denied?!
I have a few friends who have told me about Raya (from celebs I’ve interviewed to industry friends) I tried to apply because I am not a fan of traditional dating apps and would rather try to meet a like minded individual who understands this industry life which we all know is impossible for the “regular” person to comprehend. Well, I was “waitlisted” which ultimately means declined. I’ve been on this list for about 2 years now, never even given a chance or a reason, and have even tried to reach out to find out why - yet I hit a dead end. They say you can get contacted at any time but after this amount of time that has passed, I’m sure it’s not going to happen. I fee that they should at least give a reason why, or after a certain amount of time, open the application process up again. Does anyone have any other suggestions or feedback about their experiences?
Waited a year. “For love”
I was waitlisted for a year. I’m a pretty well connected dancer/model. Got a new gig, met a hot chick already on there. Got a referral and my approval was almost instant. Now I’ve been on swiping. I believe the “celebrities” are paid pawns. They showed me a handful of them in my first set of swiping. After that it’s Instagram boys, tech boys, photographer boys.. Seeing a huge lack of ethnicities, everything is pretty bland up in there.. I understand it’s a private society, I like that. So they can’t just advertise to minority groups with high Instagram followers. But I’m sure there’s another way. Mix it up you guys! I’m paid up so I plan to keep using. I pray it proves me wrong and I get married like that one girl (“baby in three days” did you see that review? lol) good luck ladies! Try to get a referral.
Discriminatory Against Black Women
Racist and discriminatory selection process against black women. If you look at the screenshots provided by the app, no black female user (or model) is presented, at the time of this review. The one black guy used works for the company -apparently he fills the quota. I have multiple black female friends with noteworthy accomplishments in the entertainment industry who weren’t accepted on Raya, yet I know of multiple non-black women who literally have done nothing professionally, and have hundreds of thousands less followers on Instagram. Raya mentions it determines the applicants’ worthiness by the quality of the applicants’ followers. The black female friends I speak of have numerous verified accounts following them. For those who question if Raya’s algorithm can account for race, be reminded Instagram is owned by Facebook. I have created ads on both Facebook and Instagram in which I was able to select my audience’s demographics including race, income, education level, etc. When you allow an app or website access to your Instagram, they’re able to see all of the information listed above. Black women and Asian men are the least sought after groups on dating apps, and discriminatory behavior by apps only worsen the problem. Zero excuses for Raya’s racist and discriminatory behavior.
I was interested in this app to connect with likeminded, creative souls but when they say it’s for “artists” they mean “influencers” & elitist socialites. It’s hilarious to me that you must have an Instagram account to even sign up, yet when you go to their Instagram account there’s not even 1 post. Not all artists, creatives, entertainers or writers dedicate their lives to the overrated life of swipes, likes and follows. If an app is going to waitlist people, then maybe ask for an actual resume or proof that the person meets that criteria instead of basing it off of looks, followers & the ability to master a plethora of filters. From the other reviews you can see the app is Glitch City, white washed, shallow & a tiny pool of the same people over and over again. I’ll stick to art festivals, LA trips, book shops & real life where people can’t wear their filters or have a follower boosted ego.
This seat’s taken.
If you want to remember what it’s like to feel the shallow rejection of high school wondering why you didn’t make it into the group of mean girls, then you should “apply.” Only to find that if you do actually get in, the only thing measuring creativity and professionalism is the ability to appear cooler than your craft, unless your craft is spending your daddy’s money in Bali while managing to angle your subtle bikini body and fresh cut French bangs while pursuing a moderate influencer modeling career. The fact that it measures “creativity” based on another app’s social count in ratio with hotness or celebrity association without even asking for a website or profession is telling that this is basically a “hot or not” instafame app that reflects all the feelings of classism for those wondering on the waitlist. It is an excuse for perpetuating elitism culture and selection without substance.
SMH “Tone down you harsh comments it’s a safe space”
I read a review that said something like this and I was confused because this sounds like it comes from someone who is already in the app. This app is discriminatory plain and simple. I understand it’s to create a safe space for people but what deems someone “worthy” of the app? All I wanted was to get away from the tinder BS and try to find something real but I can’t do that bc I’m not worthy of this app apparently. Y’all should be ashamed. When you really break it down the app is pretty messed up. You apply like a job, you wait for a response and more likely than not you’ll get turned away for one reason or another. It’s contribution so discrimination and it’s just not right. Like I’m sure their turning more people away than accepting. Unless I’m an outlier but doubtful
Disappointing and lame
Really confusing and not a whole lot of return on investment. Lots of issues with it. — I’ve updated my profile, but a pic I deleted is still there and won’t go away. —I can’t customize my search, so I’m seeing guys who don’t live in my city. —I can’t use location services unless I allow the app to track my location all the time. Then, even when I gave that a go, it didn’t allow me to look at more profiles, rather, it just showed me active users in different areas of the city —how do you actually match with people? If I heart a guy, is there a chance we will match like the other dating apps, or is it just going into the ether? —what exactly am I paying for? I can only see about 20 guys (MAX) a day, and a bunch of them don’t even live in my city. I can’t customize my search by profession, music, height, location, language—anything. If I want to reach out to someone I have to pay extra, and there’s no way to look at photos without going through their cheesy slideshow. Will NOT be renewing my subscription.
Not the best for matching
At first I was getting some good matches but now I haven’t been getting many but guys will reach out to me on Instagram and say they liked my profile but I didn’t see there’s come up on Raya. Or I will like a guy but won’t match with him on Raya but will instantly match with him on another app. I’m not sure how Raya’s matching algorithm works but it doesn’t seem to work that great or maybe it has changed and it’s less efficient. Idk. Or maybe a lot of people don’t use it often because of the limited matches per day.
Best app for real connections.
Unlike your typical dating app you can use this one for work and dating. I also like that you can’t screen shot or you get removed from the app. I’ve been on it since it started and I personally don’t use any of the other apps such as tinder. Thanks Raya
The concept is great however you swipe through the same small pool of people everyday. You’re also limited how many you can swipe. If I swipe no to someone than I don’t want them to keep coming up in my pool of people which is what happens. I say no to the same people over and over again. I feel like there is no one on this thing since I keep seeing the same 30 people over and over again. Also I noticed some of the people on there(some I know) I’m wondering how they even got on in the first place. I had one date out the however many months on there. Not really worth it.
For spoiled, classist narcissists
I give it one extra star for the clever idea, trick a bunch of self-centered spoiled rich kid narcissists, I mean “influencers” and similar types of people, to waste their money and time on this elitist app. I think they should charge more since those types can afford it but obviously they want to also trick the (often poorer) wannabes as well. Most of us want nothing to do with those types of people though so there’s no reason to bother with this app. Most of these 4/5 star reviews are probably fake, sort by Recent and it’s mostly negative reviews.
Shallow - don’t waste your time
Very strange application process. From what I’ve heard this app seems to be for extremely shallow people who have no real purpose in the world. I don’t feel bad for being waitlisted or rejected as I work in the medical field and actually do something purposeful with my life and am not a self-centered moron. I don’t use instagram because I have better things to do with my time other than wait for likes. Get off your phone and go get a real life. Try looking for like-minded people around you, not on your phone. Tried this at the suggestion of a friend; yikes what a waste of time.
No. Raya does not seem very safe to us. This is based on our NLP (Natural language processing) analysis of over 3,484 User Reviews sourced from the Appstore and the appstore cumulative rating of 4.5/5 . Justuseapp Safety Score for Raya Is 19.3/100.
No. Raya does not seem legit based on our analysis. This conclusion was arrived at by running over 3,484 Raya User Reviews through our NLP machine learning process to determine if users believe the app is legitimate or not. Based on this, Justuseapp Legitimacy Score for Raya Is 19.3/100.
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