ABC Casts First Black "Bachelorette"
History has just been made! Rachel L. Lindsay, a 31-year-old lawyer from Texas, will be the first African-American lead on nightly show “The Bachelorette”. The decision was announced Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“The Bachelor” began in 2002 and “The Bachelorette” began a year later. With every single season, there has never been a black lead, nevertheless a black woman lead, but several different races have been contestants. The closest they’ve had was a Hispanic male once before.
And can you believe, Lindsay was actually a contestant on the current season of “The Bachelor”? But the only reason she was even on there was because her friends signed her up for it and she just went for it. Now here we are...
On the Kimmel show, she entered the room and accepted a rose (just like on the actual “Bachelor” show), and upon sitting down she stated, “I’m ready to find love, find a husband,” and a partner who was ready to start a family.
On “Good Morning America” just this past Tuesday, they asked if she felt pressure from being the first black lead and she replied simply, “I don’t feel added pressure.
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,” she added, referring to Nick Viall, the current “Bachelor” lead.
“Even though I’m an African-American woman, it’s not different from any other bachelorette.”
Will you be tuning into this historic moment in “Bachelorette” history?