By Hannah Muehlberger
Dating in the digital age can be very frustrating and confusing; finding a real connection is difficult. Luckily there is now DATECON! DATECON is a free virtual event aiming to empower people as they navigate love, relationships, and dating in our evolving digital landscape. Founded by entrepreneur Marina Curry ( founder of BEAUTYCON), DATECON features top Reality TV Dating Stars, Love and Dating Content Creators, Industry Leaders, Podcasters, and Authors, all teaming up to create the ultimate fan experience! Love and Dating have never been more popular! The hashtag “#datingadvice” has accumulated over 22 billion views on TikTok. “Love and Relationships” ranks as the 3rd most popular podcast topic among female listeners, and more than half of young Americans are single! Across media, topics of love and relationships are captivating the largest audiences; from podcasts to reality TV dating, it’s clear that consumers both want and need the insight. Marina Curry created DATECON to provide an uplifting experience and to foster community and self-celebration for those on their love journey, regardless of life stage. This year, Curry has brought together more than 20 of your favorite reality TV stars from shows like “The Bachelor,” “Love is Blind,” and “Perfect Match,” along with top Instagrammers, TikTokers, Casting Directors, and Relationship Experts for one-of-a-kind conversations.
Liz Capri (YouTuber), Anna Kai (Dating Influencer), Jacklelina Bonds (Love is Blind), Alexis Waters (The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise), Joey Sasso (The Circle and Perfect Match), Diamond Jack (Love is Blind), Joey Zauig (Dating Influencer), Josh Moss (Australia’s Love Island), Harmonie Kreiger (Jewish Matchmaking), Tara Katcher (Reality TV Casting Director), Arian Fey (Married At First Sight and The Ultimatum Casting Director), Ken Page, LCSW (Psychotherapist, Deeper Dating Podcast), Ty Tashiro (Author, The Science of Happily Ever After), Gabi Conti (Author, Twenty Guys You Date In Your Twenties), Dean Lin (Content Creator), Nicole Moore (Love Coach), Roxy Lee (Manifestation Coach), Tisia Saffold (Own Network’s Ready to Love DC), Jose Caballero (Content Creator), Adam Cohen (Managing Director, Tawkify), and more!
We sat down with Marina Curry to chat about beauty and her new venture with DateCon.
Q: Why DATECON after BEAUTYCON?
A: I’m following my own interests! In 2011, the innovation of beauty and fashion content creators was palpable! It was clear to me that they were trailblazing a new future for beauty, and I created BEAUTYCON not only to serve the movement but also because I myself was a fan! Now, I feel the exact same way about love and dating content creators. They are innovating the way we experience our love and dating journeys and, at a time when we need them the most!
Q: What are your go-to beauty must haves?
A: I currently live in Hawaii so no need for much makeup but my everyday staples are It’s Cosmetics CC cream, Thrive Causemetics Mascara and Nars’ The Multiple!
Q: Who was your favorite creator in beauty 10 years ago?
A: My favorites were Andrea’s Choice, Kandee Johnson, and Alexa Losey, who personally helped me when I was building BEAUTYCON. She’s such a brilliant mind!
Q: Who is it today?
A: I still love AndreasChoice, she’s so mysterious and fabulous!
Q: What do you do for wellness?
A: I walk and play with my dog on the beach to stay active, as well as hike regularly. I live near a gorgeous hike that provides the perfect cardio and booty burn. Also, hot yoga is a staple; it’s a moving meditation and exercise in one!
Q: What do you want people to take away from DATECON?
A: I want people to know that they are NOT alone in anything they are dealing with in their love lives. Now is a strange time, and the common denominator is that we are all living through this changing landscape together!