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These Bachelor Contestants Brought Drama, Love And So Much Character That We Still Love Them

The new star of “The Bachelor” was announced and surprise, he is not a Latino he is 26-year-old former football player Colton Underwood. Underwood will be on the search to find love while handing out roses when ABC airs the 23rd season of the show in early 2019.

While the show has received constant criticism for its lack of non-white contestants. There have only been two Bachelorette and Bachelor stars who were not white. But a new season means new contestants and a new chance for some Latina representation.

Will Underwood put a ring on a Latina winner?

While that is still to be seen, let’s go back and take a look at some of the Latinos and Latinas that have had to either accept a rose or get denied on national television.

1. Christian Estrada

Former soccer player Christian Estrada only stayed at “The Bachelor”  mansion long enough to meet-and-greet bachelorette Becca Kufrin. Fortunately, he (and his high-water pants) got some extra camera time on the “Men Tell All” special. The banker and model was born in Mexico but currently resides in San Diego, posting up one ???? Insta at a time.

2. Bibiana Julian

Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Bibiana Julian was first seen speaking the truth on Bachelor Arie Luyendyk’s season. She then was cast on “Bachelor Winter Games” and also in this summer’s “Bachelor in Paradise.” Although she didn’t end up going home with a partner, she did go home with some new fans who started calling her the ‘fairy love mother’ after her endearing heart-to-hearts with the other contestants.

3. Bekah Martinez

Another contestant on the most recent season of the Bachelor was fresh-faced Bekah Martinez, who caused a frenzy when she had been listed as a missing person by her mother. Martinez opted to forgo “Bachelor in Paradise” because she found love on her own in Los Angeles. Let’s hope she doesn’t go MIA on everyone in her life again.

4. Bryan Abasolo

After winning the final rose and heart of season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, Colombian chiropractor Bryan Abasolo moved from Miami to Dallas and bought a home with his new fiancée. The two are still going strong and planning their dream wedding, which may even be a destination wedding in Colombia. Who doesn’t love a destination wedding.

5. Ignacio Rodriguez

Ignacio “Iggy” Rodriguez appeared alongside Bryan Abasolo on the 13th season of “The Bachelorette” and tried another shot at love on the fourth season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” but was sent home after the first week.

6. Juan Pablo Galavis

The only Latino star of “The Bachelor” so far, Juan Pablo Galavis is also one of the most hated Bachelors in the franchise’s history. ???? Why? The New York-born, Venezuelan-raised former soccer player was incapable of telling his final pick he loved her, made several major PR faux pas through his tweets and statements and shamed fellow Latina Clare Crawley for going too far on a beach date one night.

7. Clare Crawley

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Hairstylist Clare Crawley was part of the final two contestants on Juan Pablo’s season and it was noted in the first episode that she was half Mexican on her mother’s side. Although the show didn’t touch on her heritage or show Crawley speaking Spanish past that first introduction, a glimpse through her Instagram shows she is proud of her roots, from posting cute grams of pan dulce to making tamales.

8. Victoria Lima

9. Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez was the first Latino winner of “The Bachelorette” when Ali Fedotowsky said yes to his proposal. After 18 months of being engaged, the couple split up after struggling through having different ideals and clashing on their personalities.

10. Shayne Lamas

In the twelfth season of “The Bachelor,” Brit Matt Grant fell for Shayne Lamas—the second Latina winner of the show. She is Argentine from her grandfather’s side, by way of actor Fernando Lamas. Grant and Lamas dated for a few months before calling it quits on their romance.

11. Mary Delgado

Back in season 6 of “The Bachelor” when pro bass fisherman Byron Velvick was the star of the show. He ended up getting on one knee and proposed to Cuban-born former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader Mary Delgado. Delgado was the first Latina to win “The Bachelor.” The couple ended up splitting after five rocky years.


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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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If you’re a Bachelor Nation fan, you’ve probably heard the news: long-time “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is going to be “stepping aside” from hosting duties in the wake of recent controversy.

The move comes after Harrison caught major blowback for defending a current contestant who attended an antebellum plantation-themed frat party in 2018.

The contestant in question also liked various problematic social media posts before she appeared in this season.

The backlash (mostly directed at Harrison’s tone towards former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay) was fierce. Current and former BIPOC and non-BIPOC contestants condemned Harrison for his comments and asked for an apology.

Harrison did apologize before releasing a statement saying he would be taking a break from hosting duties for a “period of time”.

“The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” he wrote. “To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”

For those not well-versed in The Bachelor world, this news is shocking because Chris Harrison has been hosting The Bachelor since its premiere in 2002. He is the show’s voice, face, and figurehead. His name is synonymous with the brand.

And while some people are happy to accept Chris Harrison’s apology, others still have their reservations.

Colombiano and season 13 winner Bryan Abasolo took to his podcast to call Chris Harrison’s apology “weak”.

Abasolo, who is married to Rachel Lindsay, started off his comments by saying that he had “highly respected” Harrison before his comments but now, he “definitely lost respect” for the Bachelor host.

Abasolo also said that Harrison’s comments were “irresponsible”, “hurtful” and “flat-out unacceptable.”

“Chris comes out and says this, and to me it makes me wonder like, ‘Damn, is this how everyone on the top feels?’ I hope that isn’t the case, but this is the figurehead. Is this the sentiment that we are trying to overcome, still in 2021?”

“[Chris was] adamant about it, vented Abasolo. “Quite frankly, the apology…I thought it was weak, not gonna lie.”

“You said everything you’ve said in public, I believe that it should be standard that you should apologize by showing your face and speaking in public the same as your words were aired in public when you said them.”

Abasolo also explained that while he “doesn’t believe in cancel culture” that the public “needs to see the growth” from people in the spotlight who mess up.

“You have too big of a platform and you’re too big of an influencer for you not to lead by example in this situation,” Abasolo said. “I just pray that we see that evolution from him play out for everyone to see.”

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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