The First African-American Bachelorette


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Spoiler Alert! Do not continue if you are a fan of The Bachelor  and are currently watching season 21!

Rachel Lindsay, a current contestant on The Bachelor, was officially revealed as the next Bachelorette on February 13 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as stated in

“This marks the first African-American lead, male or female, in the franchise’s history. On this season of The Bachelor‘s premiere, she was the first African-American contestant to get the show’s coveted ‘first impression rose’ on this season’s premiere,” stated.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lindsay said that she is “ready to find love and a husband” and encouraged interested suitors to apply for the show, according to

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette will premiere May 22 on ABC,” stated.

The news about The Bachelorette lead comes after ABC and the Bachelor franchise had gotten criticism for a lack of diversity among contestants and leads, according to

“We need to increase the pool of diverse candidates,” Channing Dungey, ABC’s new Entertainment President, stated in, “because part of what ends up happening as we go along is there aren’t as many candidates to ultimately end up in the role of the next Bachelor or Bachelorette.”