Rachel Lindsay, the 31-year-old Texas attorney, has been chosen as Bachelor Nation’s next leading lady, making her the first black woman to be cast as the “Bachelorette.”
“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,” Lindsay tells People Magazine. “Honestly, it’s not going to be that different from any other season of The Bachelorette,” she adds.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 14, 2017
The pick was announced on Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, just months after the Texas native immediately won the hearts of fans — and instantly connected with The Bachelor‘s Nick Viall, who gave her season 21’s “First Impression Rose.”
Traditionally, ABC usually announces the next Bachelorette or Bachelor after the season’s finale. This year, they have taken a different approach by making their announcement while Lindsay is still a contestant.
The Bachelor airs mondays 8PM Eastern time on ABC.