The ad, crafted by Elfried Samba’s agency, Butterfly 3ffect, features personalities like “Love Island” contestants Amber Gill and Whitney Adebayo Nella Rose, along with Shantania Beckford and Tolly T from “The Receipts Podcast.”
Naomi Walkland, Bumble’s Vice President of Marketing, acknowledged the importance of representation, citing its role in building enduring friendships and romances that contribute to a fulfilling life.
“While we’ve seen some positive shifts in representation, Black women continue to face stereotypes and preconceptions when dating, everything from what kinds of dates they ’expect,’ to the food they want to eat, to the volumes of their voices,” says Naomi Walkland.
The narrative extends beyond online platforms, as college-educated Black women are reported to be 53% less likely to marry a well-educated man compared to their white counterparts, influenced by factors like stereotypes and differing life goals.
Walkland emphasized Bumble’s commitment to using its platform to showcase the diversity of Black love, challenging stereotypes, and fostering an environment to celebrate love stories within the community.
In doing so, Bumble aims to go beyond representation to address issues like fetishization and preconceptions, fostering an atmosphere that joyfully celebrates the richness of love stories.