History-Making ‘Bachelorette’ Opens Up About Pressure to Pick a Black Man

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(TIML NEWS) The ABC star says she won’t let race define her pursuit of love: “I’m not choosing a man for America, I’m choosing a man for me.”

Rachel Lindsay, the 31-year-old lawyer from Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, will soon begin her historic journey as ABC’s first black lead of the franchise. A first after 33 seasons between The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Lindsay would be lying if she said she didn’t feel the pressure.

“To be the first African-American woman is a beautiful thing,” she told The Hollywood Reporter three months after filming on The Bachelor has wrapped. “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.”

Lindsay, a civil defense litigation attorney in Texas, first made history on the franchise when she became the only black woman to ever receive the first-impression rose on Viall’s premiere of The Bachelor. The early frontrunner also broke barriers by landing in Viall’s final three. She was eliminated on Monday Nights episodes — one week ahead of the finale.