The Scoop: WooPlus made a splash in the dating scene in 2015 by offering a safe haven for plus-size singles and their admirers. The fast-growing dating app now boasts over 2 million users around the world. By connecting a niche network of curvaceous daters, WooPlus is combating the stigma against men and women with more to love.
I’ve heard many of my single friends complain about their weight and worry over their curves. I’ve seen them squeeze into body-shaping corsets or slimming dresses before going on a date. I remember one night as we were trying on outfits, my roommate grabbed a fistful of skin on her stomach and said disgustedly, “No one’s going to be attracted to this.”
But that’s not true. Plenty of men out there are looking for curvy women and see those extra pounds as an attractive plus. Though some singles in the dating scene may feel pressured to slim down, the truth is beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Singles just have to find the type of person who appreciates their particular brand of beauty. Niche dating networks can help with that.
A niche dating app called WooPlus has embarked on a mission to help big beautiful women (BBW) and their admirers meet in safe and nonjudgmental environment.
Neil Raman founded WooPlus after watching in helpless frustration as his plus-size sister struggled in the dating scene. Her weight made her target for rude comments on mainstream dating sites, and she had difficulty finding men to build her up instead of tearing her down. Neil wanted to send a body-positive message to the women of the world, like this sister, who may be carrying a few extra pounds but are no less deserving of love and devotion.
“From that inspiration, Neil started to build a team and create this app for curvy people,” said Penny Jones, a spokesperson for the app. “WooPlus sought to develop a community that wouldn’t discriminate against curves — a place for people comfortable and positive in body and mind.”
When WooPlus launched in 2015, it gave plus-sized singles and their admirers a dating platform where they could feel welcome, valued, and attractive. Now millions of curvy singles have come out of the shadows to join WooPlus.
Becoming One of the Largest Dating Apps for Curvy Singles
This year has been a banner year for WooPlus. The app reached the milestone of 2 million users and now maintains a vast, global network of singles with a little more to love.
“As the largest dating app for curvy people, this number is still growing rapidly each day, Penny said. “We are constantly innovating and continually improving our services.”
WooPlus has a global membership base, but its core audience is vested in the U.S. where obesity affects approximately 93.3 million Americans. Around 64% of WooPlus members hail from the U.S., and the rest come from Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and other European countries. The WooPlus team plans to expand into Asia and South America, starting in India and Brazil, in the coming years.
The gender breakdown offers some good news for women on the site: 64.7% of WooPlus users are men and 32.6% are women. Single women have a bit of an edge here and can have their pick of single guys. These men admire and compete over plus-size women on WooPlus, and that can be a great ego boost for singles who hadn’t recognized how attractive they could be.
WooPlus sweetens the deal with monthly updates and unique features, including voice eggs, a bonus feature that allows users to create short voice messages to send to new online crushes. The dating app also goes to great lengths to ensure users behave appropriately on the site. The team does not tolerate users who harass, spam, or deceive others.
“Fundamentally, we pay exceptional attention to the authenticity of the profile, employing AI recognition technology with a manual double check,” Penny said. “We try our best to ensure an authentic community for all users.”
A Diverse Team Believes in the Founding Mission
The WooPlus team employs individuals living in the U.S., Canada, and China. The startup is based in San Francisco, but its team spans the globe as WooPlus plucks talent from other countries. This passionate and creative group share a common goal to help plus-size daters navigate online dating more easily.
Neil, the Founder and CEO of WooPlus, has years of experience working on dating apps and developing successful product strategies. He has led the design and development of the dating app. His curiosity, intellect, and geeky spirit inspire the team to push the boundaries of what a dating app can do. Ultimately, Neil’s ambition with the app is to make the world a better place, and he never loses sight of that.
“We want our users to find true love and lead fuller lives, so we always stay focused and challenge ourselves to improve the user experience,” Penny said. “WooPlus is not just pictures and lines of code — we pour our hearts into it. We want our users to feel the love from us, from each other, and from within.”
Due to the vulnerability of its members, the WooPlus team’s first priority is fostering a safe and positive dating environment for users seeking love. WooPlus has a Zero Tolerance Policy when it comes to harassment and inappropriate behavior on the app. The team will ban a member after just one recorded insult, case of harassment, or confirmed scam.
WooPlus empowers women to rate and tag male members they’ve met online or offline. The peer-review system helps WooPlus identify and highlight desirable individuals while screening folks who don’t make the cut.
Users can also report or block anyone on the app. The moderators take all reports seriously and investigate the user’s claims so they can take action for the good of the overall community. Every year, the team removes thousands of fake profiles and unsavory characters from its ranks. Its security measures ensure that only members with good manners, high integrity, and authentic profiles remain on the app.
“We are particularly concerned about the experience of female users and shaking off the troublesome encounters curvy singles have on other dating apps,” Penny said. “Together with our users, WooPlus has enriched the lives of millions, pairing couples who can appreciate each other inside and out.”
Heartwarming Testimonials Speak to the App’s Impact
WooPlus hasn’t been around very long, but it has already facilitated over 8 million matches and led to countless dates around the world. The team has received many testimonials and thank-you notes from WooPlus users who have found love and happiness on the app.
“I just wanted to let WooPlus know that I met my soul mate, the love of my life through this app,” wrote Karin, who fell in love less than a year after downloading the app. “I’m engaged to the man I’m going to spend the rest of my life with, and we couldn’t be happier,” she said.
Lydia said WooPlus was the first dating app she had ever tried. Its plus-sized membership helped her overcome her self-consciousness about her weight and mingle without reservation. She eventually met her boyfriend on the app. “I moved in with him, and I have never been so happy as I am now,” she wrote. “I sincerely appreciate y’all for creating a space where people of a larger statue can feel safe and comfortable in their own skin.”
Josh and Kimberly met on WooPlus and now are happily living together with their cat Marie. “Now we are trying to continue and enjoy life to the fullest,” Kimberly said. “Life is short. Always cherish the people you love.”
WooPlus has also seen positive reviews by major media outlets, including Yahoo, The Mirror, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, People, and Bustle, among others. The Daily Mail praised the dating app’s efforts to “offer plus-size singles a positive dating environment,” and BBC commended the app for offering “a safe and comfortable space to let love in.”
“I found a gentleman here who is really nice and definitely my type,” said Becky, a 22-year-old from Los Angeles. “It was love at first sight, and he proposed to me six weeks later. I actually love this app more than any other dating apps I’ve tried!”
WooPlus Uplifts Plus-Size Daters Around the World
Singles who feel insecure about their bodies often have difficulty seeing themselves as attractive and overcoming the deep-seated fear that they won’t find someone who will love them as they are. Some of my closest friends still look in the mirror and try to wish away the curves and softness that make them big, beautiful women. However, BBW dating apps like WooPlus encourage plus-size singles to embrace their bodies and see themselves in a whole new light.
In the last three years, WooPlus has attracted a global network of singles who are looking for a larger-than-life romance. Its safety features, straightforward interface, and heartfelt mission help BBW and their admirers find love and happiness in a safe online environment.
“We believe in what we are doing and have devoted care and attention to curvy people,” Penny said. “All the testimonials and user success stories touch us every time and make us the happiest people in the world. That’s the driving force that keeps us moving forward.”