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Jenn Tran Named First Asian Leading Lady

Jenn Tran Named First Asian Leading Lady

Jenn Tran, a contestant from Joey Graziadei’s season of “The Bachelor,” has been named the leading lady of “The Bachelorette” Season 21.

Franchise host Jesse Palmer, along with former “Bachelorette” star Charity Lawson, revealed the news during “The Bachelor” Season 28 finale on Monday night. Tran will make “Bachelor” franchise history as the first Asian American Bachelorette.

Palmer brought out Tran during the “After the Final Rose” ceremony of Graziadei’s season finale.

“I’m looking for someone who has a really big personality,” Tran said. “I’m all about having fun, all about having that cheeky banter.”

On becoming the first Asian American Bachelorette, Tran said, “It’s honestly incredible and I feel so, so grateful and so honored to be the first Asian Bachelorette in this franchise. Growing up, I’ve always wanted to see Asian representation on TV. I feel like it was really sparse. Anytime Asians were in the media it was to fill a supporting character role, to fulfill some sort of stereotype and I always felt boxed in by that because I was like, I don’t see myself on screen. I don’t see myself as a main character.”

In an official press release, ABC described Tran as “a sweet and compassionate woman who has dedicated her life to helping others and is currently studying to become a physician assistant. The bilingual Vietnamese beauty currently resides in Miami and is ready to find love with a man who’s as reliable and thoughtful as she is. When she’s not studying, Tran loves reading, paddleboarding and traveling whenever she has the chance.”

​​“The Bachelorette” is a production of Next Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Bennett Graebner, Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich, Tim Warner and Peter Gust serve as executive producers.

No premiere date has been set for “The Bachelorette” Season 21, but the series will air this summer on ABC and Hulu.

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