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Meet Clare Crawley, the First Latina Bachelorette


Six years after she first appeared on The Bachelor Clare Crawley is back as the newest Bachelorette, Good Morning America announced. In 2017, Rachel Lindsay became the first Black woman to become a Bachelorette and now Crawley – who is half-Mexican – is officially the first Latina. The 38-year-old Sacramento-based hairstylist told GMA that she’s looking for “a man that will take off his armor. I want a man that is strong but is willing to take off the body armor, open themselves up and be vulnerable. I think that is some serious strength right there.” She was first introduced to audiences in 2014 on season 18 of The Bachelor with Juan Pablo Galavis, where she made it to the top two. Read on to learn about Crawley’s Latinidad, her previous engagement, and her involvement with Bachelor Nation through the years. Her season of The Bachelorette premieres May 18 on ABC.

Her mom is Mexican.

From cooking tamales to sharing her love for pan dulce to captioning posts in Spanish, Crawley’s Instagram makes her Latinidad evident but back in 2014, Bustle alleged her roots were being hidden by the show. Writer Martha Sorren believes that the show relied on Crawley’s sister Laura to keep her mom from speaking Spanish on the show, which is ironic considering Juan Pablo struggled with his English on the show. They did show her occasionally speak Spanish but it wasn’t focused on enough as one would assume. We’ll have to wait and see if her heritage comes into play more now that she’s the star.

She famously told Juan Pablo off.

 

After their breakup, she delivered this mic drop: “I thought I knew what kind of man you were, what you just made me go through, I would never want my children having a father like you.” Other famous moments include the time she shared her feelings with a raccoon and when she stood up for herself after a bad date with Christian Rauch on Winter Games. In one of the most quotable moments, she told him “Whatever happens before you, has nothing to do with you.”

She got engaged after The Bachelor: Winter Games in 2018.


Though they didn’t get off to a good start, she and Benoit Beauséjour-Savard (a contestant on Canada’s Bachelorette) ended up getting engaged after the show. She initially didn’t reciprocate his feelings and he left the show but when things didn’t work out with Christian they reunited and he proposed on the reunion show After The Final Rose. They broke up two months later but it looks like they remained friendly, with him posting on Instagram to congratulate her.

She’s defended herself for being single at her age.

“There’s so much backlash on being my age and being single. It blows my mind, and it’s like, what’s the alternative? Being my age and having settled for someone that’s not right for me? Because I think at this age, I know exactly what I’m looking for. I know exactly what I want,” she told ET back in 2018 in response to criticism that the show had younger contestants. “And that, to me, is a better opportunity, versus somebody who doesn’t really fully know themselves coming in. I’ll wait forever. You know, I don’t care if I’m 45 or 55. I’d rather be single and living my life and having a happy life than settling for somebody that’s not right for me.” With this announcement, she made history as the oldest Bachelorette in the show’s history.

She loves her dogs and the outdoors.

She recently shared a photo of a hike with the caption, “There is not a single thing that makes me feel more alive+happy than when I am immersed in nature!” She often shares photos of her rock climbing, hiking, and doing yoga as well as photos of her golden retriever and Maltese mix named Elbie.

She’s all about good vibes and good food.

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🌸Protecting the vibe always 🌸

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Her Instagram is sprinkled with photos of foods like avocado toast, fruit bowls, and green juice and she recently posted photos with sage smudge sticks for “protecting the vibe always” and God having her back.