Dancing With the Stars‘ Hannah Brown has been fighting for women since she first appeared on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor. Some members of Bachelor Nation might remember Brown’s start as the woman feuding with fellow Miss USA 2018 contestant, Caelynn Miller-Keyes. The tension became a major source of drama. However, by the end, both stars addressed their issues with grace and have since moved on.
After The Bachelor, Brown became the new lead for The Bachelorette. However, her season was tainted by a flood of toxic masculinity in the form of Brown’s ex-boyfriends. However, Brown was able to turn the season around with her sex-positivity and overall self-love. Now, the DWTS contestant has once again proven she is in support of women. And honestly, did Bachelor Nation expect anything less? The answer is no.
‘DWTS’ contestant Hannah Brown believes in women supporting women
When speaking with Us Weekly at Girl Up’s #GirlHero Awards on Oct. 13, Brown opened up about consistent women vs. women narrative our society pushes forward.
“We’ve been taught by our society that women are pitted against each other and that to get to the top, you have to smack each other down” she explained. “And that’s not the case.”
The reality star then shared her past has shown her to be supportive of lifting up other women. “You know, going through the struggles and the victories that I have in the spotlight [has] really shown me how important it is that, even though we’re all different and we all have different roads of getting there, we need to support each other no matter what,” Brown said.
“And I think it can be difficult, but I think it’s always better because we all have the same goal and that’s to be as successful and as empowered as possible,” the 24-year-old continued. “Let’s always do what’s right for women, this female generation, in any circumstance.”
Why Bachelor Nation loved Brown’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’
As mentioned, Brown’s season of The Bachelorette was marred by a number of questionable contestants — most notably Luke Parker. However, Brown’s presence managed to save the season.
When Fantasy Suites rolled around, Parker was accused of sex-shaming and gaslighting Brown. Parker made it known he didn’t approve of Brown’s sexual behavior with the other men, referring to it as a “slap in the face.” He then threatened to leave Brown if she had sex with any of the other men. But then he wouldn’t actually leave after she dismissed him. Later, Parker even returned to the reality series with a ring.
Of course, fans likely remember Brown’s response to Parker upon his elimination. “I have had sex and Jesus still loves me,” Brown said, per The Hollywood Reporter. “From obviously how you feel, me f*cking in a windmill? You probably want to leave.”
The ‘DWTS’ contestant’s previous comments about supporting women and fighting misogyny
Although Brown’s season of The Bachelorette was also tainted by the winner, Jed Wyatt, the reality star’s altercation with Parker spoke to women who have had similar experiences with men.
“My experience with Luke is one that is familiar to a lot of women and so, me speaking to Luke is a lot of women speaking to other men that have treated them similarly,” Brown explained in an interview with Variety. “That’s what I’m really proud of — to have that moment to say what a lot of women deal with every day and wish they could say, or maybe now will have the strength or confidence to say because they know they can.”
Brown made it clear she isn’t ashamed of sharing her sexual behavior on television. She also explained why she’s sick of being slut-shamed as a Christian.
“I’m so over being slut-shamed and that [it] means I’m not a woman of faith because, ‘Oh my god, I live my life and make mistakes and sin every day.’ So do you, that’s what grace is for,” Brown said. “I know I sin and do things that aren’t always the best, but I’m also not going to say that having sex in a windmill was the scarlet letter on my chest.”
Brown’s time on The Bachelor franchise has been nothing short of phenomenal. ‘The former Bachelorette has proven time and time again she is here to support women, no matter the cost. And quite frankly, that’s exactly why Bachelor Nation loves her so much.
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