By now, everyone who’s ever been on Tinder has their version of a wild dating story that will surely scar them for life. But model Natasha Aponte set out to defeat them all when she invited hundreds of men to go on a date with her. The catch? None of them knew about the mass date.
On Sunday, hundreds of men made their way to Union Square in New York City thinking they’d go on a date with Aponte, who they’d matched with on Tinder. Around 6 p.m., Aponte rolled up on stage with two bodyguards and revealed her invite had been an experiment. She then proceeded to make a Hunger Games-style speech, listing everything that would take to date her.
Aponte’s social media experiment certainly took the men and media outlets by surprise, as the story went viral over the weekend. (Honestly, she’s shared videos of Cher saying men are not a necessity but a luxury in the past, so this is part of her brand.)
On Twitter, people argued both sides of her story, and one man, known only as Misha, narrated his interactions with Aponte with a long thread. Misha revealed he first matched with Aponte almost three weeks ago. She explained that because of work she couldn’t meet up with him for almost two weeks but said she wanted to keep in touch with him. Though he though he’d never hear from her again, she texted him back about a week ago to invite him for a date on Sunday. She suggested they meet for a DJ set by one of her friends in Union Square and then go for a drink.
The story is still developing, as digital creative director Rob Bliss defended the model on Twitter, “How about everyone pauses to hear what Natasha has to say about the Tinder project when the video comes out Thursday, before passing judgement.” Bliss is referring to a video that will premiere on Good Morning America on Thursday about the experiment.
Aponte’s speech on Sunday did reveal some information about her background. One of her requirements read, “The first elimination is if you think you can support Trump and date a Puerto Rican, now’s the time to leave.” Her social media suggests that the model and actress is of Puerto Rican descent, as she shares stories related to the Puerto Rican economic crisis on Facebook and often uses the hashtags #latina and #puertorican on Instagram.
Here’s what we’ve gathered about this queen of scam so far.