The star of the viral "Tinder Trap" video says she's "taking all of the hits" after duping dozens of potential suitors into participating in a bizarre social experiment.
Using support from over 50 overseas workers, model Natasha Aponte initiated text conversations with hundreds of Tinder matches and lured them to the same location—a staged EDM concert in Manhattan's Union Square.
Aponte then announced that each would have to compete for a date. She began by weeding out the crowd using the same type of superficial criteria some stipulate in their Tinder profiles.
"Half of you people here are in relationships, so those people should leave now. Anyone under [5 feet 10 inches], please leave as well. No beer bellies, no long beards, no bald guys, no khakis. Any less than six inches, you've got to go."
The remaining potential suitors performed push-ups and sprints to prove their worth before lining up for an interview with Aponte. Eventually, one "lucky" fellow was selected for a date.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Aponte explained she has no regrets despite being the target of backlash on social media.
"I'm taking all of the hits right now, but I don't mind that," she said. "Because I know who I am and I'm secure in myself," Aponte said.
"It's funny cause a lot of the negative [comments] that I'm getting, from these guys, are still in my inbox trying to date me," she said.
The now-viral video's creative director, Rob Bliss, added that the whole stunt was a social experiment.
"The purpose of making this video was to simply take the Tinder experience and bring it into the real world," Bliss explained.
"It's kind of become socially acceptable to like disqualify people and say, like, you have to be X height, you have to work X job," he continued. "This project proved that doesn't matter at the end of the day."
Ultimately, Aponte urged people to "be open" when searching for a partner.
"Be open because the person you actually might be with is something that you would never, ever choose," she said.
Still, some Twitter users weren't pleased with Aponte and Bliss' project.
As for Aponte's date, Good Morning America reports that "they didn't have a love connection."