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Woman posts ‘ugly’ selfies to ‘pleasantly surprise’ her Tinder dates in person

By Brooke Villanueva Published Feb 14, 2022 6:17 pm

We’ve discovered another Internet “catfisher”—but this one has received more nods and laughs than thumbs down. 

Catfishing has been a hot topic online since the release of The Tinder Swindler on Netflix, which follows the story of scammer “Simon Leviev” who conned women out of millions. But have you heard of a “reverse catfish”? A woman claims to be one as she shares unattractive snaps of herself on the same dating app for a reason that some netizens have described as “smart.”

In a viral TikTok clip, a Tinder user shared that she purposely posts her “ugly” pictures on the site so that her date would be “pleasantly surprised” when they see each other in person. 

“Making myself an ‘ugly’ Tinder so when I go on dates the guys will be pleasantly surprised,” she shared in the video. It sounded like a good idea to some netizens as they pointed out that it could be a good way to look for individuals who see way beyond people’s physical appearance. 

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Does her dating technique work? She has scored some matches on the platform. One of her dates, who refused to show his face on the camera, said that she looks “100% much better” than her profile picture. “You look way better in person. I didn’t even expect you to be here,” he told the content creator. 

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Her viral post has reached almost 8 million views as of this writing, with over 600,000 likes and 1,000 comments.