ABC Announces First Black Star of The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette, a spinoff from the original, The Bachelor, has been running for years but there has never been an African-American leading either of the shows – until now. It’s been announced that Rachel Lindsay will make history by being the first black Bachelorette!
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That’s huge news! Unfortunately, this story broke yesterday before the newest episode of The Bachelor aired so it kind of gave away the fact that Nick Viall, with whom Rachel had such strong chemistry, had chosen to send her home. That was a major spoiler. Shame on you, ABC!
Either way, Rachel seems pretty excited about the future. She told People: “I’m happy to represent myself as a black woman in front of America and I’m happy for America to rally behind me and see what it’s like for me to be on this journey to find love. Honestly, it’s not going to be that different from any other season of The Bachelorette.”
And she’s right. Why is this so monumental? It shouldn’t be but it is! Clearly, there is a reason why the network has waited so long to take this step.
Rachel is aware of the dynamic and explained: “I’m obviously nervous and excited to take on this opportunity but I don’t feel added pressure being the first black Bachelorette, because to me I’m just a black woman trying to find love. Yes, I’m doing on this huge stage, but again my journey of love isn’t any different just because my skin color is.”
It’s going to be interesting! The only non-white lead on either show was Juan-Pablo Galvis and he was a trainwreck! Hopefully, Rachel Lindsay’s season will pave the way for more diversity in the future!