Hannah Brown might have seems to be like an unexpected choice for The Bachelorette, but after leading one of the series most special seasons — characterized by refreshing honesty, conversations about faith and sex and short-lived engagements ended by Brown herself — the Alabama native beauty is being regarded as a “feminist icon.”
In an interview with Marie Claire, the former Alabama pageant queen says about the pressure she felt while going into the season with the belief that she wasn’t any of the contestant’s first choice.
She even described how this contributed to her getting caught under the spell of the season’s villain, Luke Parker when it seems like they were on the same path with their Christian beliefs.
However, Brown’s turning purpose in that specific relationship, which came once Parker had instructed their “talk concerning sex” and so shamed her for her past relationships, became an empowering switch in the narrative of the show.
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“I’m not this sex goddess. But I’m OK with talking about sex,” Brown told the magazine, emphasizing one of the ways in which her season differed from last seasons where the topic was still more taboo.
Still, her honesty on the subject was met with criticism from both Parker and viewers at home, particularly those who advised her that she gave Christians a bad name.
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“I try to live my life in a way that honors [God], but also sometimes human desire wins out.
That doesn’t make me any less of a Christian,” Brown added.
“It really sucks because I had a lot of people looking at me, people who might’ve been interested in following the Lord who looked at the things that people were saying on my pages [and realizing], If that’s Christianity, then I don’t want to be a part of it.”
Brown guaranteed the interviewer, however, that the version of Christianity represent through those who strikes her isn’t what she believes the religion is about.
The 25-year-old added “It’s not about adapting and moving forward. It’s about going back to the basics,” “The basis of Christianity is loving people and not judgment.”
In spite of this, Brown admitted that she did feel at the struggle when it got here to her perspectives on homosexuality after being told: “it was a sin” while growing up.
When her Bachelor nation-best friend, Demi Burnett, has become one half of the collection, first same-sex relationship, however, she was ready to root for anything that made her friend glad.
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“I’ve always kind of like questioned, like, what do I believe about it?” she shared.
“Now that I’m older and have true friends that have these relationships, I feel like… I know that I’m called to love.
And I love my girl Demi, and I want her happiness, and “I don’t want her to ever feel like she can’t be who she is.”
As for the present-day Dancing With the stars competitor’s very own happiness, Brown keeps preaching her happiness as a single woman — for the time being.
“I am totally OK on my own,” she told the magazine.
“I don’t want to have a man to feel whole. It’s not that I need that to feel like I have a full life. No, I have a full life. Welcome to my life.”