It kinda reminds me of Mass Effect were the writers tried really hard to puss Liara as the main love interest and yet most fans fell in love with Garrus , a dorky raptor-bug-bird man) and Tali ,an alien girl who spends 99,9% of her time behind a body suit with 0 skin exposed.
(Not that I hate Liara, I just find these two better)
Mass Effect and discussions with a friend about it were pretty much the inspiration for this. Turns out, interesting personalities will draw people in more than conventional prettiness and some people will actively seek out the stranger options. Though, I'm glad they did more with Liara and the Asari than just make them the creepy marketing guy's wet dreams, like actually acknowledging the effects their unusual method of reproduction has on their society.