“The Bachelor” franchise has long been criticized for its lack of diversity, and for good reason. Out of the 23 (!) Seasons of “The Bachelor” and 14 Seasons of “The Bachelorette”, there have only been a sprinkling of Latinx contestants thrown into the mix. After years of fielding complaints about its representation problem, producers attempted to rectify the situation by casting a (white-passing) Latino, Juan Pablo Galavis as the titular Bachelor in Season 18. They then cast Rachel Lindsay, a black woman, as the Bachelorette in that series’ thirteenth season. But despite its many shortcomings on the diversity front, “The Bachelor” franchise still has a large and devoted fan base who invest in its contestants, root for their favorites and hate the more villainous contestants with an undisguised passion.
So, in celebration of a new season of “The Bachelor” that’s premiering in January, we’ve compiled a list of all the Latinx contestants who have participated in “The Bachelor” franchise so far that we could find.
1. Juan Pablo
He may have been good looking, but that’s about the only thing he had going for him. Juan Pablo was notoriously one of the worst Bachelors in the history of the franchise. Upsetting, considering he is still the only Latino “Bachelor” to-date. Critics said that he perpetuated negative, harmful stereotypes of Latino men as heartless rogues. Known for his super-annoying catch-phrase “It’s okay”, fans became outraged after he slept with contestant Clare Crawley, then later told her he regretted it, citing that it set a bad example for his daughter. He went on to choose a completely different contestant, Nikki Ferrell, as the winner.
2. Mary Delgado
Former cheerleader of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and winner of Season 6, Mary Delgado made an impression on Bachelor Byron Velvick by sharing her story of fleeing Cuba with her family at the age of one. In a sweet romantic gesture, Velvick proposed to Delgado in Spanish so “her family could understand”. Unfortunately, Delgado has had a rocky road since her Bachelor days. She has been arrested three times: one for battery in 2007, one for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in 2008, and another for driving under the influence in 2010. Although her and Velvick stayed together for 5 years, they eventually split in 2009. She’s currently a real estate agent in Tampa Bay, Florida.
3. Bryan Abasolo
Colombian-American Bryan Abasolo first charmed Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay by whispering sweet nothings to her in Spanish. The charming chiropractor went on to win Season 13 despite fans’ widespread devotion to his rival, Peter Kraus. Abasolo and Lindsay are still together, and recently revealed that they’re planning to get married in early 2019.
4. Bibiana Julian
Many people have observed that, although blunt was a fierce boss lady, Miami-based Cubana Bibiana Julian was unfairly stereotyped as a “fiery Latina” in Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of “The Bachelor”. Julian wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, and because of that, she was used as a racist pawn in the Bachelor franchise. The former Miami Dolphins cheerleader lasted until week 2, when she was eliminated.
5. Roberto Martinez
Winner of Ali Fedotowsky’s season in 2010, Roberto Martinez seemed to be the perfect man. The former minor-league basebeall player caught Fedotowsky’s attention by salsa dancing for her (swoon). Unfortunately, Martinez and Fedotowsky split in 2011 after a year of dating, but they remain on good terms. He was reportedly even in the running to be The Bachelor of Season 17. You can catch him on Twitter where he seems to be living his best life in beautiful Colorado.
6. Bekah Martinez
Primarily known as the first–and so far only–female contestant with short hair, Bekah Martinez was also known for being reported as a missing person shortly after her season started to air. She quickly explained that her over-zealous mother reported her missing after not being able to contact her for a few days. Martinez has been candid about the privileges she’s afforded as a white-passing Latina and is a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement. She is currently pregnant with her first child.
7. Clare Crawley
One of the finalists in Juan Pablo’s brutal Season 18, Clare Crawley is half-Mexican and can speak Spanish fluently. Oddly enough, she never spoke Spanish with Juan Pablo even though he’s Venezuelan, and it’s his first language. Memorably, after having an off-camera, passionate encounter with Juan Pablo in the ocean in Mexico, Juan Pablo told her that maybe what they did “wasn’t right,” claiming that he “has a daughter” and doesn’t “want her to see what happens”. All the drama from the past doesn’t seem to bother Crawley, though. From the looks of her Instagram account, she’s doing just fine.
8. Leandro Dottavio
Leandro Dottavio was the Fabio-like contestant of Becca Kufrin’s Season 14 is of Argentinean descent. Unfortunately, the Cali native and former stuntman doesn’t have the greatest reputation. Bekah Martinez called out Dottavio for sending inappropriate, sexually-explicit messages to female members of “The Bachelor” franchise through social media. Although Dottavio denied any wrongdoing, Martinez provided screenshots of the conversations to support her claims. He’s still posts pictures of his muscular physique on his Instagram page, where you can also catch him speaking Spanish.
9. Shayne Lamas
Argentinian-American Shayne Lamas was the winner of Bachelor Matt Grant’s season. She is Argentine from her grandfather’s side, and daughter of the famous Latino actor Fernando Lamas. Although Lamas and Grant dated for a few months after she show ended, they called it quits shortly after.. She has since been candid about her fertility struggles as well as her late-term miscarriage. Now, she is happily married to internet personality Nik Richie and mother to two children.
10. Tasos Hernandez
Tasos Hernandez was a contestant on the 10th season of The Bachelorette. He was eliminated in week 4. According to his Instagram page, he is now an actor with roles in hit shows like “Better Call Saul” and “Texas Rising”. In addition, Hernandez has been open about his Latino roots and giving back to his community. He has spoken at length about being bilingual and how he started a “Spanish after-school program” with his mom.
11. Nicole Lopez-Alvar
The newest addition to the list, Nicole Lovar is a 25 year old Cubana from Miami, Florida. While we don’t know much about her yet, we know that she’s a self-described “Digital Journlist” who fully embraces her Latina roots. Her Instagram account is a prime example of this. Per one of her hilarious captions: “Me: Abuela, are you gonna tune into ABC starting January 7? Abuela: Que? Why? Me: I’m gonna be on The Bachelor! Abuela: Ok I’ll watch, but don’t forget to record my telenovelas”. We’re rooting for you girl.
12. Ignacio Rodriguez
Ignacio “Iggy” Rodriguez appeared on season 13 of “The Bachelorette” and later, the 4th season of “Bachelor in Paradise”. Rodriguez was known for being both the life coach and Papa Bear of the house, dispensing advice to stressed-out contestants and reading self-help books like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”. Unfortunately, Rachel Lindsay didn’t feel enough chemistry between the two of them and he was sent packing in Week 4. According to him, he’s made great friends from the experience and he’s on good terms with Lindsay now.
13. Alejandro Velez
Alejandro Velez is one of the more fascinating Bachelor-franchise contestants. Not only was he born and raised in Colombia where he survived being kidnapped by terrorists, he also is a cancer survivor who has founded his own company called “Back to the Roots” that manufactures sustainable at-home gardening kits.
14. Alexis Morgado
Alexis Morgado was a contestant on Season 18 of “The Bachelor” where she was unfortunately eliminated the first week of the show. According to her Twitter account, Morgado self-identifies as both a Latina and a Catholic. Before she was on Juan Pablo’s Season of the Bachelor, she was an NHL cheerleader which she described as the “best 3 years of my life”. We wish we could’ve gotten to see more of her!
15. Christine Llano
Christine Llano only spent a brief time on Season 18 on “The Bachelor”, which frankly, was Juan-Pablo’s loss. Although we don’t know the exact roots of her Latina heritage, we know that according to public records, she identifies as “Hispanic-American” and speaks fluent Spanish. We know from her Twitter account that she is a Police Support Specialist for the Miami-Dade Police Department and is very active in her community.
16. Alessandro Goulart
Brazilian hottie Alessandro Goulart was a contestant on Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette”. However, he was eliminated when he made a comment about how marrying a single mom would be a “compromise”. The “Grain Merhcant” also reportedly claimed he was a vampire hunter on their one-on-one date. Brazillian. Emily Maynard’s season. Didn’t last long. Is now a “nomadic farmer” in Brazil, according to his Instagram account.
17. Victoria Lima
One of four Latina contestants on Juan Pablo’s season, Victoria Lima had a less-than-graceful departure from Season 18. After getting much too inebriated at a cocktail party, the beautiful Brazilian was unceremoniously eliminated from the contest. She’s since expressed regret about the whole experience, stating, “If I could do it again, I probably wouldn’t go on the show” and that she “sincerely hated [Juan Pablo] and wanted him to die”. We can definitely empathize–this show isn’t for everyone.
18. Kupah James
Kupah James, who identifies as “half black, half Puerto-Rican” became notorious for letting his anger get the best of him when he was eliminated by Season 19 Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe. At the time, he was one of the few Bachelor franchise contestants to ever address race, telling producers: “I don’t want to be here any longer than I have to be if I’m the minority guy that fills a quota”. He currently lives in LA and works as a DJ and a personal trainer. In fact, if you live in LA, you can catch one of his fitness classes at an Equinox near you!
19. Dianna Martinez
There isn’t much to say about mysterious “Bachelor” contestant Dianna Martinez. She appeared on “The Bachelor”‘s 16th season, but was eliminated by Ben Flajnik in the first week. Since her “Bachelor” days, Martinez has kept a very low-profile on social media. We assume that means she’s moved on and put her reality TV experiment behind her.
20. Christian Estrada
Mexican-born, former soccer player Christian Estrada was another Latinx contestant that didn’t really get to let his true colors show on TV before he was sent packing. Estrada’s stint on “The Bachelorette” was short-lived, and he was eliminated in Week 1 of Becca Kufrin’s season. However, we know from digging around that he moved from Mexico to the US with his mother when he was 3, and he’s currently a banker. It’s sad that a Latino contestant didn’t get more air-time, but if Kufrin wasn’t feeling it, it’s definitely for the best.
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