On June 7, former Bachelor Nation star Catherine Giudici also reflected on the issue of diversity during her time on the show.
The former contestant took to Instagram to share her thoughts, writing, “When I was originally cast, I was very flattered but somewhat grounded by the fact that I would be one of the faces that represented people of color. I knew that one of the reasons I was probably chosen was because I was Filipino […] I thought I was there just to check a box.”
“But I ended up with so much more. I became present with the process and as he started noticing me for who I really was, I allowed this experience to open myself up to the possibility of being fully loved and appreciated for all that I was,” she added.
On Monday, a new petition, signed and promoted by many members of Bachelor Nation is calling for more people of color and more equality in the franchise—starting with the lead of season 25.
Cast members from the franchise have shared the petition on their respective social media accounts, including Flemming, Lindsay, Tyler Cameron, Ashley Spivey, Nick Viall, Dustin Kendrick, Bibiana Julian, Jubilee Sharpe, Olivia Caridi, Onyeka Ehie, Alayah Benevidez, Lacey Mark, Marcus Grodd, Lauren Burnham, Mykenna Dorn, and Marquel Martin.