With a new season of The Bachelorette kicking off Monday, America is in for another two months of watching unusually good-looking young adults battle for roses and true love! Participants receive vague instructions, are told to prepare for a variety of climates and must pack as many as 14 formal looks. So just how much does it cost to get your chance at happily ever after?
The Bachelor started in with a simple concept: The contestants all live together, taking day trips for various dates, and the star whittles the group down every week. The Bachelorette works the same, but with the genders flipped.
For both shows, there are two instant challenges that come with getting ready for your appearance. That sense of uncertainty affected how Becca Tilley prepared for her appearances in and yes, she was cast in back-to-back seasons.
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She simply borrowed a few outfits from friends, picked up some dresses from Forever 21 and headed to the house. Tilley did the Bachelor on the cheap, but not everyone does.
Spending sometimes even becomes a point of contention: Bachelor women have it harder than Bachelorette men when it comes to getting ready. There are statistics to back that up: News reported last year that female contestants spent four times more than their male counterparts to get in shape for their debuts on the show.
Marikh Mathias has anecdotal evidence to support that theory. She stocked up on makeup like concealer and eyebrow product and got her hair cut and colored. For the past few years, ABC has also produced a spinoff called Bachelor in Paradisewhich is essentially an on-the-beach free-for-all for past competitors.
But Paradise was a pleasant surprise. As Nolan knew she was beach-bound, packing was much easier.
She filled her suitcase with sundresses, sandals and bathing suits, many of them from inexpensive brands like PacSun and Amazon. Nolan points out that not everyone is so lucky. Employers are less than thrilled when people who just took leave for The Bachelor or The Bachelorette ask for time off to go to Paradise.
There are also benefits, of course: Nolan, who is a mental health counselor, has traded private practice for a podcast she says allows her to reach a wider audience.
She got engaged to ex- Bachelorette contestant Derek Peth at the end of the show.
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Boland, a Chicago-based merchandise planner, never actually applied to be a contestant on The Bachelor.
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