by Erin Bedry – Staff Reporter
As the 21st season of the Bachelor comes to an end, the new Bachelorette has been chosen. In a surprise announcement on Jimmy Kimmel Live, it was revealed that Rachel Lindsay would be the lucky girl. Lindsay will be the very first black Bachelorette or Bachelor ever. This is a great step forward in the media, as people of color have previously not been well represented in television or movies. In a USC study, they found that just 28.3 percent of characters with dialogue were from non-white racial/ethnic groups. Lindsay is excited to break down these barriers and find her true love. In a study conducted by The Huffington Post, they found that “The average age of the bachelorette is 27.” Therefore, at age 31, Lindsay is more mature and actually ready for a relationship.
Personally, I am happy that Lindsay is going to be the bachelorette because she is genuine. Previous bachelorettes, such as Jojo or Andi, have come off as very shallow and have no character, just a pretty smile. Lindsay has received great amounts of support from her cast mates and America. Even Nick Viall said, “I have met very few people who possess as much beauty, grace, and charisma as Rachel and after hearing that she’ll be the next Bachelorette I could not be more excited.” It is great to see such a low level of negativity for her. These shows can come off as dumb and scripted when they have the same kind of person every single season, it can get a little repetitive. There is always one crazy person who seems to stick around too long, or the one weird guy who you know never stood a chance. Lindsay will be something refreshing in the world of The Bachelor series.
It is also commonly known that the couples coming from this show typically never stay together for longer than a couple months. However, I do not believe that this will be a problem with Lindsay, because she will not be carrying in some type of emotional baggage, like children, and she already has a great, steady job, as a lawyer in her hometown Texas. Lindsay is the first Bachelorette I have seen that is actually ready to settle down and get married to someone she loves.
To sum it all up, Rachel Lindsay is going to be the perfect bachelorette because she is mature, genuine, and something new to enjoy on this long going series.