Last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live a new bachelorette was announced: successful and dazzling Rachel Lindsay. The reaction after the big announcement surprised fans for two reasons, the fact that she was still competing in The Bachelor and because she is now the first black bachelorette since the show started 15 years ago. However, for the 33-year-old lawyer from Texas, her journey to find love is not different from any other girl that has ever gone through this show.
“Even though I’m an African-American woman, it’s not different from any other bachelorette,” Said Lindsay, when interviewed in Good Morning America.
She also said she did not feel any kind of pressure to be the first black bachelorette but rather pride to represent all of the African-american community.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity and to represent myself as an African-American woman and I just hope that people rally behind me like they did in Nick’s season,” said Lindsay.
Many have asked why it has taken this long for the ABC to include some diversity into the show, aside from the Latin contestant Juan Pablo who was originally from Venezuela, and it’s not surprising since The Bachelor has been criticized for years for this and has thought out to select a only-white leading bachelors and bachelorettes.
However, they decided to stir things up and end this bad reputation by deciding to announced Rachel as the first bachelorette, or so people thought. The producers, on the contrary, said that even though Lindsay was in fact black, she had reminded the people of what the bachelorette was supposed to be: a successful, beautiful, and smart woman in their thirties, who in the eyes of everyone was a “total catch.”
According to US magazine, our new bachelorette balances having fun with having a stable career. Rachel works at lawyer firm at Cooper and Sully in Dallas, but she loves dancing around in her living room to Michael Jackson and Prince whenever she has a chance.
There is no doubt that Rachel Lindsay will have an unforgettable season which will premiere on May 22nd. The only thing Lindsay wants through this process is for America to understand that her becoming the next bachelorette will not be about her race.
“My Journey of Love Isn’t Any Different Just Because My Skin Color Is,” claimed Lindsay to ABC network.