Attention plus-size ladies frustrated with other dating apps, Woo Plus is here: an app specifically for “Plus-size singles and their admirers.” Woo Plus features women and men of all shapes – but primarily plus-size – in the hopes that a specialized app will make it easier for people to find their perfect match, especially for people who are ignored on dating sites because of their size. I decided to solve this problem and create an app just for big girls.” Along with his sister’s experience, Raman got the idea for Woo Plus from a social experiment posted on You Tube in 2014, where one girl shocked a series of Tinder dates when she showed up wearing a fat suit, looking around 70 lbs. The video quickly racked up 23 million views, and the guys’ rude reactions showed how hard it can be to date when plus-size.
“Marginalization of people with atypical bodies is still a sensitive social stigma for many people involved in online dating,” co-founder Neil Raman tells PEOPLE. So Raman, along with co-founder Michelle Li, built a Tinder-like interface where users can also swipe yes or no to the plus-size singles.
, people to just chat with, friendships or hookups — so pretty much the norm for dating apps.
The photo stream section allows for a familiar social media interaction with its users, almost like an Instagram feed, where people can post pictures of themselves and chat with other users from all over the world.
"It's a tried and true method, so we went with what works." Despite the swipe model, there are several differences.
The app was launched to help “BBW (big beautiful women), BHM (big handsome men), plus-size singles and fat admirers” find love.
” Another important thing to note is the app’s tagline — “Big girls, you’ve got more admirers than you think” — as well as its use of phrases like “Real women have curves.” My fear about @wooplus is that it’ll probably attract fetishists in their droves. “Someone even wrote an article to ask ‘Do we really need a plus-size dating app?
— Stephanie (@Nerd About Town) January 23, 2016 However, others feel that it’s important to create a space specifically for plus-size women in the dating world.
Before being matched, however, you’re required to fill out a profile, asked about your body type and body shape (with options ranging from “inverted triangle” to “rounded/apple.” “Tinder relies on a match being made between two individuals depending more on physical appearance.
As a result, there haven’t been many positive remarks made by plus sized users,” Becky Han, a member of the Woo Plus marketing team, told However, the app has received quite a bit of criticism, especially with one particular aspect: While women must be plus-size to use the app, men don’t have to be, which many feel gives the app a “fetishizing” quality while further categorizing plus-size women as “other.” “For me it feels that instead of addressing the way plus-size women are treated in society – and most certainly on the dating scene – we are having to further separate them,”London-based plus-size blogger Callie Thorpe told .