Gone are the days of hanging out at the local bar in hopes of finding Mr. Right as he enjoys a cold brew, in a crisp navy suit, after a hard day’s work. The rise of Internet dating sites like Tinder and OKCupid and social media outlets like Instagram and Twitter have allowed individuals seeking love to find romance in unconventional ways. And let’s face it, the old fashion way of dating is time-consuming and limits the pool of bachelors to whom you have access…which is why #TeamBeautiful created #InstaLove.
From singers to songwriters to TV jockey’s, #InstaLove was a contest designed to bride the gap between chicks like us and dudes like them. We hooked up Eric Bellinger — Grammy award winning songwriter (Chris Brown, Usher) — on a date with Shaniqua — a 25-year-old marketer and recorded their encounter.
“I just entered the contest going out on a whim. I’m at this point in my life when I’m like ‘Let’s just try to new things,’” Shaniqua said in an confessional interview. The duo enjoyed fine eats at the Spur Tree in NYC and conversed about typical first date topics (you know, family and friends, etc.). “He made me laugh a couple of times, he was genuine,” she added.
Hit the play button to see how the two hit it off (and if they decided to date again).