Miss USA Uses Tinder To Find The Perfect Match

Image via Twitter/ Nana Meriwether

America is no stranger to online dating, and Miss USA can attest to that. Nana Meriwether, who was crowned Miss USA for 2012, joined the online social dating website Tinder in April, New York magazine learned.

According to Grace Wyler, author of the magazine’s article, “While perusing the selection of Lower Manhattan women available on a popular dating app, a friend recently stumbled across a statuesque 28-year-old named Nana, who also happened to be a dead ringer for Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether, including the sash.”

Tinder is mobile matchmaking site that aims to pair people together without the sting of rejection being a possibility. In order to connect with one another, users have to approve (similar to “liking”) of another’s profile, which consist merely of pictures, by pressing a green heart button (think Instagram for dating). Unlike other dating apps and online sites, there is no need to fill in a profile or form detailing your likes and dislikes. The fact that Tinder is completely based on physical appearances probably puts the odds on Meriwether’s favor.

Rosette Pambakian, a publicist for Tinder, said in an email to The Huffington Post Wednesday that they are thrilled to have Meriwether as a user. “Tinder has not paid for her endorsement—this was organic,” she said. “She is one of many celebrities who use Tinder and none of them have been hired by Tinder or compensated for an endorsement.”

Meriwether says she signed up for the app after a friend suggested it, and she thought it was a great way to meet people in the city. “Here’s the thing about dating in New York: It doesn’t exist,” the South African-born pageant queen said. “There’s so much going on in the city, there are so many distractions that people just forget to go on a second date… I think when you’re single, you should try all avenues. And now there are so many new apps for dating—this one is just really fun.”

It’s no surprise that the six-foot-tall beauty seems unbelievable to other users who see her picture.

It’s funny—the guys I’ve said yes to have all been like, ‘Are you real?’” said Meriwether. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course.’ Even pageant-title-holders get lonely.”