Catherine Giudici revealed the mixed emotions she felt after joining the cast of The Bachelor as a person of color.
The reality TV star, who is half Filipino, 34, described the feeling as if she had been chosen to “check a box” and diversify the cast.
Giudici, who ended up marrying The Bachelor Sean Lowe, even walked away as a serious romantic contestant because she assumed he wouldn’t like her.
“I thought I was just there to tick a box”: Catherine Giudici revealed the mixed emotions she felt after joining the cast of The Bachelor as a person of color
“Tomorrow, our season of The Bachelor re-airs in a condensed three-hour episode,” Catherine started on Instagram on Sunday. “When I was originally cast, I was very flattered, but somewhat anchored 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 counted myself to be his fiancée because of what I thought Sean loved. I thought I was there just to tick a box, but I ended up with so much more.
“I became present with the process and as he began to notice who I really was, I allowed this experience to open me up to the opportunity to be fully loved and appreciated for all that I was.
“I ended up representing a mixed race community, I found Christ (I love my testimony!) and I married the most amazing man I have ever known. I would say that doing this show was one of the best things that ever happened to me. (Don’t count yourself. You are destined to do greater things than just tick a box.).
Surprised: Giudici belittled himself as a romantic perspective because she didn’t think he would like her
The Bachelor has long been under fire for lack of diversity in its cast.
The series has been around since 2002, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the show finally launched its first black lead – Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette.
Mike Johnson, a U.S. Air Force veteran, would have been seriously considered to become The Bachelor in 2019, making him the first black runway for the show.
However, this role eventually went to Peter Weber.
She said yes! Catherine got engaged to Sean during her season of The Bachelor in 2013, and the rest is history
Catherine got engaged to Sean during her season of The Bachelor in 2013, and the rest is history.
The couple, who waited until their wedding night to have sex, said “I do” at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California, and allowed their ceremony to be televised.
Catherine and Sean welcomed their son Samuel in 2016, Isaiah in 2018, and their daughter Mia in 2019.
Fans will be able to relive their love story on Monday, as ABC takes a look at past seasons of the dating series on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever.
Will you accept this rose? Fans will be able to relive their love story this Monday, as ABC re-airs last seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette