The Bachelor Nation isn’t typically considered a feminist-minded enterprise, but all that’s changing with the most recent Bachelorette, Hannah Brown. After walking away from her season of The Bachelorette heartbroken (we’re looking at you Jed!) and single, Brown has continued to navigate her dating life as a strong, outspoken woman. She was recently seen on a date with Tyler Cameron, a contestant who she sent home on the finale but publicly asked out on After the Final Rose.
However, just days later, Cameron was also seen with model Gigi Hadid, and it didn’t take long for the Internet to begin pitting the women against each other. Yesterday, after sharing an image of herself at Variety‘s Power of Young Hollywood event in Los Angeles this week, Brown’s comment section was full of people comparing her looks to Hadid’s. “Honestly, you’re hotter than Gigi. I said it,” one user wrote. “Gigi would look better in this dress,” said another.
But the Bachelorette star is not here for the hateful comparisons and quickly spoke up about it. “I am forever so thankful for the love and support you all show me,” she wrote via Instagram Stories. “However, supporting me doesn’t mean you have to compare me to anyone else. I want to make sure that we are all remembering to uplift other women and not tear them down.”
Both Brown and Cameron have publicly stated that they are not in a relationship and are simply seeing where things go, which is a completely normal thing for two adults to do. “When you’re in the public eye, you just have to be respectful of one another,” she said of the situation on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast. And don’t they both deserve that same respect from their fans?
“I think [the show] ultimately made me who I am now, and I like who I am now. It made me stronger, it made me realize my strength. If I wouldn’t have had to go through some of the things that I went through, I wouldn’t really know that and be who I am now,” she told Elite Daily.
Between standing up for herself, shutting down misogyny, and embracing her sexuality, her approach is a refreshing departure from the show’s often antiquated views. Hopefully, Bachelor Nation (and the rest of the world) can learn to take note — and refrain from the mean-girl commentary.