‘Bachelorette’ star says current applicants are parent-funded

  • Desiree Hartsock was “The Bachelorette” in 2013, but told Insider she won’t be doing the show today.
  • Hartsock thinks she would be “odd for not having the right clothes, the right makeup, the right look”.
  • Recent “Bachelor” contestants were revealed to have spent up to $8,000 to appear in the franchise.

Desiree Hartsock remains one of “The Bachelorette’s” few enduring successes, finding love with her winner, Chris Siegfried, on the show in 2013.

But Hartsock told Insider she won’t be going on “The Bachelor” today because of the pressure to look and dress a certain way to fit in with the other contestants.

“If I was 24 or 25 now and watching the show, I don’t think I would have gone on it at all,” she said. “Because you know you’d be singled out then for not having the right clothes, the right makeup, the right look – and that’s pretty unfortunate, to be honest.”

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Hartsock with its winner Chris Siegfried in 2013.

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When Hartsock signed on for the 2013 season of Sean Lowe’s “The Bachelor,” she was deeply in credit card debt and couldn’t afford to buy a new dress for the very first night, a an experience she describes in her memoir “La route des roses.”

“Poverty was the backdrop of my life for so long it was like the air I breathed,” she writes in the book.

Hartsock, who now works as a wedding dress designer, describes packing all the clothes she owned – a few sundresses and “work pants from the sale section of Ross Dress For Less and Marshalls” – into a large sports bag for the show.

She also worked tirelessly to make her own evening dress for the first night, writing that she felt “like Cinderella getting ready to go to the ball – but without any seamstress mice or bird friends to help her.”

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Hartsock on Sean Lowe’s 2013 season of “The Bachelor.”

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Hartsock, who notes that nothing is provided to the show’s contestants, also describes buying $20 worth of drugstore makeup before heading to the famous “Bachelor” mansion.

The future ‘Bachelorette’ star told Insider she felt confident as she stepped out of the limo in her handmade dress to meet Lowe, even though she looked a little different from everyone’s dresses. the world.

“I’ve always wanted to design dresses, and having this opportunity to design my own was once in a lifetime,” she said. “It didn’t bother me when I came out and my dress was a little different, not as glamorous or sparkly. I still felt like myself, and that was all that mattered.”

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Lowe’s season contestants of “The Bachelor.”

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But Hartsock thinks there’s been a shift in the show’s authenticity with the rise of social media and many Bachelor Nation alumni now working as Instagram influencers — which is one of the reasons she doesn’t. don’t think she could appear on the franchise today.

“When you go on the show as a contestant, you don’t get paid,” she said. “And so a lot of times that’s why you also see these girls who have money or are funded by their parents because they can miss work – if they work at all. So you’re going to see people who can afford to be on the show.”

Former contestants have been candid about how much they’ve spent to appear on the show, with figures ranging from $1,800 to $8,000 in recent years.

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Current “Bachelor” star Clayton Echard with his contestants.

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Daria Rose, who appeared on the final season of “The Bachelor,” revealed to Insider that she spent around $4,400 on dresses, shoes, makeup and hair to meet Clayton Echard. She was eliminated on the first night of the show.

Hartsock thinks one of the main reasons there are so few successful couples in the “Bachelor” franchise is that it can now bring so much “notoriety and fame.”

“A relationship can’t last if one or both of them are chasing that fame, because then it’s all about them,” she told Insider. “People aren’t there for the right reasons, to put it bluntly. It’s all too obvious that you can then become an influencer if that’s what you want to do, which is sad.”

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