After 33 Seasons, ABC Finally Names its First Black ‘Bachelorette’

Finally, ABC has cast its first Black contestant on The Bachelorette.

Rachel L. Lindsay, a 31-year-old lawyer from Texas, will become the first Black lead on the popular reality show after 14 years and 33 seasons on-air. The decision was announced last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, when Lindsay appeared on the show to accept a rose from Kimmel.


Lindsay is a bold beauty who received a law degree from Marquette University in 2011 and is currently a personal injury lawyer at Cooper & Scully in Dallas. “I’m ready to find love, find a husband,” she said, telling Kimmel that she was looking for someone who was ready to start a family (party boys need not apply).

Neither The Bachelorette nor The Bachelor have ever cast a Black lead. The Bachelor has cast a Hispanic lead, and people with diverse ethnicities have appeared as contestants. Unfortunately, diversity in entertainment still makes news because it can take 33 seasons before producers take action to practice equality.

Your move, Bachelor.