Striving For Diversity, ABC Announces First Black Female ‘Bachelorette’

 

ABC’s hit series, “The Bachelorette”, has just announced that for their 13th season, Rachel Lindsay, will be their first black bachelorette.

The news was publicized during “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, where both he and “The Bachelor” host, Chris Harrison, had created their own little rose ceremonial reveal.

Playing his part, like he does so beautifully on the show, Harrison said “this is the most dramatic announcement ever.”

This isn’t just to mock his over-the-top hosting style, but was also to highlight something that the series has never seen before.

Ever so glamorously, Rachel Lindsay walked out and was handed a rose by Jimmy Kimmel in the true ‘Bachelor’ style.

The reveal, however, did see a few contentions. Rachel Lindsay is known, as she is currently apart of the 21st season of “The Bachelor”, where she is vying for the love and attention of bachelor, Nick Viall.

Last night “The Bachelor” aired its 7th episode of the season, which sees Lindsay as a main contestant for that final rose and Viall’s heart. Well that’s if Nick isn’t seduced by the controversial character, Corrine Olympios.

The announcement being revealed so early shows that Rachel Lindsay will not be the winner at the end. Spoiler Alert!

Lindsay also made it evident that her’s and Viall’s relationship did not work out as she said “I’m ready to find love, find a husband.”

ABC’s SVP of alternative series, specials and late night, said in a statement about Lindsay’s casting:

“We’re thrilled to have Rachel Lindsay as our next Bachelorette. This coveted role is always reserved for a fan-favorite from the previous season, and Rachel is no exception and has been the fans’ choice since she exited the limo. She is an accomplished, confident and beautiful woman who knows what she wants in life. We all look forward to joining her on the joyous journey as she looks for that one special man.”

The Bachelor franchise has long been criticized due to its lack of diversity, especially among the leads.

Although the contestants themselves have slowly become more diverse, especially in Viall’s season where there were eight non-white contestants, an African-American man or woman has never held the main title.

Lindsay marks the first-ever black lead on “The Bachelor” franchise, which has run since 2002 and has more than 30 seasons, between the flagship series, “The Bachelor”, and the spinoff, “The Bachelorette”

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