If you’re currently single and ready to mingle, then there’s a high chance that you’re on the dating scene right now. Of course, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to paint yourself pink or stand on one leg to look attractive to potential love interests, but you might want to create an online dating profile for yourself. After all, real life is a little different from the movies. People don’t just “bump” into the love of their lives in the grocery store, they don’t catch each other’s eyes from across the room, and they definitely don’t meet in art galleries. It’s all a lie, y’all.
Despite that rather sad fact, it’s not impossible to find someone you want to spend the rest of your life with in other ways. There has been a surge in online dating over the years, and it seems as though everyone is swiping right and left depending on what floats their boat and tickles their pickle. One woman who knows exactly what we mean is Natasha. After swiping right on a potential Tinder date, Natasha soon realized something strange about her match and his apartment…
Making the pictures count
Although we’re always told not to judge a book by its cover, online dating apps make that pretty impossible. After all, Tinder allows you to swipe right or left depending on what you think of the photos each prospective singleton puts on their profile.
These photos, alongside a short bio that normally consists of more emojis than words, aren’t always the best way to learn everything you need to about a certain someone. Nevertheless, millions of people use this app every single year, and one woman couldn’t deny the fact that she was pretty impressed with one man’s photos.
Not what it seemed
So, who was the woman who stumbled across the impressive Tinder profile? Natasha Reid is a 24-year-old single mother from the UK who found herself blown away by one particular man. As she swiped her way through Tinder, there was something about Lee’s profile that stood out from the crowd.
He was attractive, he had a good job, and from the looks of things, he also had a lovely home. However, what Natasha didn’t realize was that things weren’t quite as they seemed. In fact, it didn’t take her long to discover the truth.
As any Tinder user will know, you often find yourself scrolling through endless profiles each and every day. Sometimes you match with them, sometimes you don’t, sometimes you talk to them, and sometimes they ghost you into a whole new dimension.
Because of this, many matches slip through the net, and Natasha has since noted that she “can’t even remember” some of the men that she matched with. Yet, Lee’s profile will stay with her for the rest of her life, because there’s no way she could forget it. He was one of a kind, and he had certainly pulled out all of the stops to impress the ladies of Tinder.
Making the move
Of course, online dating isn’t easy for a single mother. After welcoming her daughter into her life at a young age, Natasha soon found herself raising her child on her own. Her ex wasn’t in the picture, and being a mom became her number one priority.
However, Natasha began to realize that she needed to get herself back out there and make the move to date again. It can often be hard to dip your pool back into the dating pool after having a child, but Lee made sure that Natasha’s welcome back was a smooth dive rather than a belly flop.
Downloading the app
To help her on her way, Natasha decided to download an app that many of you have probably used in the past. As one of the most popular dating apps in the world, Tinder has proven to be pretty successful over the years.
In fact, you might have met your partner on the app yourself! Natasha didn’t want to waste any time in finding the man of her dreams, so decided to get straight to it. She swiped right and left, and she hoped that Mr. Right would be sliding into her message box sooner rather than later.
A real struggle
However, Natasha soon realized that Tinder comes at a price. For the most part, this price comes in the form of eye rolls, wasted time, and a whole load of ghosting. She was struggling to find a man who ticked all of her boxes because she knew exactly what she wanted.
She had her sights set on perfection, and she wasn’t going to stop until she stumbled upon him. After hours of swiping, Natasha eventually swiped upon someone who would change her life. That’s the night that she swiped right for Lee.
An impressive profile
More than anything, Natasha was impressed by Lee’s confidence. He had uploaded numerous photographs to the dating app, and all of them caught the single mother’s attention. She could see that he wasn’t just like any other guy on Tinder, and she was glad to have swiped right for him.
After all, he offered something that none of her other matches had even come close to. She wouldn’t understand just how different he was until a few days later, but he was still pretty in her eyes…
It was Lee’s photographs that made him really stand out from the crowd. Natasha could see from these pictures that he was a confident and charismatic character, and she was taken aback by how different the photos were to other Tinder users.
Although she hadn’t been on the app very long, she had got to grips with the way things worked. She felt as though she understood what kind of pictures the men went for when creating their profiles, and Lee’s was nothing like any she had ever seen. In her words, “they just seemed like really odd pictures.”
[Although Natasha had to look twice at Lee’s photos because she couldn’t quite believe that they were real, she also found them to be extremely refreshing. After all, he was unlike any potential Tinder match she had ever swiped for before.
Men would either post photographs with their dogs or from far away, or they’d only upload group photographs so you’d have to squint to work out which one is actually using the profile. Because of this, Natasha found the whole thing pretty irritating. That was until Lee came along and changed the game.
Going to be successful
Because Natasha was so impressed by Lee’s tenacity and creativity, she decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. Instead of swiping left and removing all chance of a date, she opted to swipe right and see what he had to offer.
She noted that his choice in photos was the perfect way to stand out from the crowd and that he was definitely going to be successful. Of course, she didn’t know at that point whether he would be getting a date from her, but he would definitely get a date from someone else if he kept persevering.
The perfect match
As soon as the single mom swiped right, she was amazed to see that he had also swiped right for her. They were an instant match, and Natasha was over the moon. A new match on Tinder is always exciting, even just for the confidence boost!
Of course, after the initial excitement of a Tinder match, you then have to deal with the awkward first move. Someone always has to send the first message, but who would go first between Natasha and Lee? If Natasha were to make the first move, she just didn’t know what she would say.
Breaking the ice
Instead of waiting around for Lee to say something to her, Natasha decided to just go for it. She racked her brain for a way to break the ice, and she went through the motions of what she could say. Would a knock-knock joke work? Or what about a polar bear fact?
In the end, Natasha decided to go with the truth. She sent Lee a message stating that his profile had made her day and that his photos had literally made her laugh out loud. Lee responded pretty quickly and noted that he was proud of the photos, too.
After Natasha made the first move, the pair continued to get to know each other. They seemed to have a few things in common, their humor was on the same level, and Natasha was still reeling from his photographs.
After all, it looked as though he had a wonderful house that he had worked extremely hard on. He showed these off in his pictures, and it seemed as though he was over the moon with the renovation work he had completed. However, Natasha had failed to look at the bio attached to his profile. When she eventually did so, what she read changed everything…
A true fan
As soon as the single mom read his bio, she knew that everything she had thought about her Tinder match was a lie. That’s because his bio read, “Fan of taking photos in IKEA.” Natasha was in tears, and she just couldn’t stop laughing at the way that Lee had created his profile.
Of course, he’s not the only one to imagine that we lived in IKEA, and there’s a high chance that you’ve taken pictures of yourself on the toilet, in bed, or even reading a book on the couch. That’s just what you do in this Swedish castle.
A life mannequin
After she realized what Lee had done, Natasha didn’t know whether to be impressed or upset. She had thought he was a home renovation wizard, and she was thoroughly attracted to his decorating skills.
However, what she thought was a perfect house actually turned out to be a giant department store, and Lee seemed to be a real-life mannequin that could easily help them sell their products. It was a tough blow for Natasha, but she couldn’t help but compare it to one of the best films out there, (500) Days of Summer.
All about the personality
In fact, Natasha believed that these photos showed Lee’s character more than anything else on his profile. It showed his potential Tinder matches that he was a funny guy, but also pretty creative with his humor.
In Natasha’s eyes, this meant that he was marriage material. He didn’t take himself too seriously, he understood the importance of a cool and quirky home, and he wasn’t afraid to make a joke out of himself. If she didn’t marry him, then one lucky lady would get the chance to instead.
The dream first date
As Natasha realized what Lee had done to draw in potential Tinder matches, the more she realized that they would have to recreate the scene from (500) Days Of Summer if they went on a date.
Instead of going to a bar or playing crazy golf, they would instead make their way to the nearest IKEA to play housewife and househusband. Lee had already proved that he felt at home within the makeshift houses, so their first date would give them the chance to see how they worked as a team.
Each step of the way
Of course, it wasn’t just the pictures themselves that impressed Natasha. It was the content of each photo that really caught her off guard. That’s because Lee showcased a unique characteristic of his personality within each photo.
Although there were so many to choose from, Natasha fell in love with the one where he lies in one of the IKEA beds and cuddles a plush toy. This showed her that he was just a big kid at heart and one that loved the odd cuddle or two…
Caught off guard
However, that wasn’t the only one that tickled her pickle. Lee made sure to add a few risque photos into the mix to ward off any girls that didn’t get his humor, and thankfully, Natasha was a big fan of his bathroom photo.
In this hilarious shot, Lee sits on a toilet in IKEA with his hand over his mouth. He’s either been caught off guard or caught in the act, but there was no doubt about the fact that Natasha hadn’t seen anything like it on Tinder before. It was original, and it was unique, and that was just how Natasha liked her men.
A true artist
The one that upset Natasha the most, however, was the photo that showed Lee in an art studio. Before she realized that all of the photographs had been staged in the Swedish department store, the single mom truly thought that she had matched with a true artist.
She wanted to see his paintings, and she wondered whether he would ever draw her if their relationship took off. Unfortunately, this was just another ruse, and Lee soon confirmed that he wasn’t really an artist. What a shame.
More than anything, Natasha was disappointed to see that Lee wasn’t quite the man he depicted in his photographs. He wasn’t an artist, and he wasn’t the kind of man to sit in his library as he brushed up on his reading.
This was largely because he didn’t have his own library! Natasha soon realized that Lee’s “home” was nothing more than a show home that had been designed by the head honchos of the Swedish company. It was a tough blow, to say the least. However, Natasha could forgive him for being so funny.
Having a conversation
[Despite the fact that Lee wasn’t the kind of man who would sit in one of his chairs and home and ponder life’s most difficult questions, Natasha was still interested. She could see that he was the kind of person you could have a conversation with, and she could see that they would have got on extremely well if they had ever gone on their first date.
After all, he had put a huge amount of time and energy into his Tinder profile, and this was something that she really appreciated. He wasn’t just another guy on her messages list.
On the plus side
While it’s not known whether Natasha and Lee ever went on their first date, Natasha spoke pretty candidly in an interview about him. She noted that even if they didn’t end up together, that Lee was the kind of man you’d want in your life anyway.
He would make you laugh, he would keep things exciting, and he would definitely make sure that your house always looked perfect. As if that wasn’t enough, she also confessed that he was “reasonably attractive.” Not the best compliment in the world, but it’s something!