A Playboy model claims she was rejected by Bumble because she is "too hot". Tahlia Paris, 24, from Los Angeles, California, joined the dating app after her last relationship ended as she found out her partner had been married. The Playboy model has been single for four years and was hoping that online dating would be the solution to finding a man to spend her life with.
But instead of date requests, Tahlia claims she received an email from Bumble when her photos were removed by the app's moderators – which the model believes was due to her looking "too hot" as they did "not break" the guidelines. However, in response, the company referenced "shirtless bathroom mirror selfies" and said it "prohibits photos of people indoors wearing swimsuits or underwear".
Influencer Tahlia, who has 890,000 followers on Instagram (@tahliaparis) and an OnlyFans account, where she regularly posts saucy snaps for her fans, insists the Bumble profile images were "very PG" – with each one showing her fully-clothed.
“I was on the app for not even a few hours because pictures I tried posting to my profile were removed even though they were normal photos,” said Tahlia, who also works as a DJ.
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“It happened three or four times to different pictures and Bumble only allowed one of my pictures to stay up, which was really hurting my odds in the dating app world. The photos I posted very were basic. One was a selfie of myself, one was a picture a friend of mine had taken at the beach.
“I tried to keep it very PG and not model-esque at all. I wanted guys to not stop at my profile because I’m a professional model but because I was just another average girl looking to date. I even kept my Instagram and everything private and separate from Bumble.
"I’ve had guys in the past solely try to hook up with me because of my presence on social media. At first I was upset when they closed my account because why should I have to suffer because others have made fake accounts of me? But at the same time I was a little relieved because online dating for the first time was a little bit nerve-wracking.”
Tahlia’s Bumble account may have been real but the model has been targeted by catfishes using her pictures in the past, though not on a dating app. It's such a big problem it has even led to death threats.
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She said: “There are several ‘impersonation’ accounts of me all over Instagram. One has nearly half a million followers. They make their money by stealing my photos and using my name to fraudulently sell stuff online – everything from ‘used lingerie’ to dodgy diets and workout plans. When these people don’t receive the items they paid for they would email me personally with death threats, asking me to give them whatever they had ordered.”
After all she has been through during her short-lived stint on Bumble, Tahlia isn’t sure if the dating app world is for her.
She added: “Online dating has never really been something I’m into but in these circumstances, I thought I’d try it and it didn’t work out. Maybe it’s for the best. I would have to start all over with a new account and I’m not sure it’s worth it at this point. For now I’m at a stand-still with dating sadly, but hopefully things will open soon so I can get back out into the normal dating world.”
A Bumble spokesperson said: "In 2016, we banned shirtless bathroom mirror selfies in response to feedback from our Bumble community – and after our research showed that profiles including those kinds of photos were the most swiped left on.
"As part of that overall policy, our photo guidelines prohibit photos of people indoors wearing swimsuits or underwear. Swimsuit photos are acceptable if you're outside by the pool or on the beach as you're in a natural setting to be wearing a swimsuit.
"In 2018, we also banned photos of guns on Bumble in response to the Parkland shooting, unless the person pictured is a member of the military or a law enforcement officer in uniform. For more details on our photo rules, please visit our Community Guidelines and this blog post with more information.”