Rachel Lindsay Talks Pressure And Importance Of Being The First Black Bachelorette

“I’m not choosing a man for America, I’m choosing a man for me.”

After 15 years and 33 seasons combined between The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, the franchise has officially cast its first-ever Black lead. That honor belongs to Rachel Lindsay, who recently opened up about the pressures and importance of this history-making reality TV moment and how, despite whatever expectations people have, she'll stay true to herself.

"To be the first African-American woman is a beautiful thing," the 31-year-old attorney told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm honored and humbled to be the one chosen. Because that's how I feel: like I was chosen to be in this role."

As for people assuming that the first Black bachelorette will be picking a Black suitor at the end of the love-finding process, Lindsay said that's actually a "very common question" she's gotten.

"Honestly, I don't want to go into this process with any preconceived notions or any pressures to do something for somebody else," she clarified. "I hate to sound selfish, but it's my process. It's my journey in finding love. And whether that person is black, white, red, whatever — it's my journey. I'm not choosing a man for America, I'm choosing a man for me."

The 31-year-old said she's aware that she'll be criticized by viewers no matter what happens, but that she's "just trying to not get caught up in it." Instead, Lindsay seems ready to find love and do so by being at the center of a diverse group of gentlemen vying for her attention. 

"I'm hoping that as a Black bachelorette you're going to get to see a more diverse cast, a cast that's reflective of what America looks like," Lindsay said. "And not just Bachelor Nation or whatever else, but what America looks like."

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