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
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
Another Latina contestant on Juan Pablo’s season was Brazilian Victoria Lima. Her infamous 15 minutes of fame went downhill when she got drunk at a cocktail party on the show, cried and told Juan Pablo to die. Needless to say, she was sent packing even after trying to apologize the next day.
9. Roberto Martinez
— Roberto Martinez Jr (@Roberto_M_Jr) April 9, 2018
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
— Mary Delgado (@MaryLDelgado) March 13, 2016
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.