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ABC Makes History by Casting Their First Black Bachelorette

Amira Saied

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Spanning four spin offs for a combined total of 33 seasons with 21 bachelors, and 12 bachelorettes and 32 of them being white. But they finally did it. ABC has finally casted a black bachelorette for the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.

On February 14, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Rachel Lindsay fan favorite and current contestant on Nick Viall’s season was revealed during an interview with host Chris Harris as the next bachelorette making her the first black bachelorette in the shows history.

Lindsay will be the first black lead in the Bachelor franchise’s 33-season history. The show has been repeatedly called out for it’s lack in diversity with season 17, Juan Pablo’s season being the only season with a non-white lead. Season 17’s bachelor has been repeatedly called, “the worst bachelor in the history of the show,” by Harris. The current season is the most diverse with eight out of thirty being non-white cast members. Lindsay was also the first black woman to win the first impression rose.

Lindsay who is an attorney from Dallas, Texas told People magazine, “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.”

The announcement revealing that she will be the Season 13 bachelorette spoiled the current season of The Bachelor since she is still a contestant on the show.

Lindsay told Kimmel on Valentine’s Day, “at this point in my life, 31, I’m ready to find a husband, somebody who’s ready to start a family.” ABC is still currently casting contestants for Season 13. Go to http://abc.go.com/casting to join this season on The Bachelorette.

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