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An Indigenous, Queer Woman Was Just Cast As "The Bachelorette", Making Australian History

This almost makes up for all the awful mistakes from past seasons.

Like most reality TV in Australia, The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise has long been criticised for its lack of diversity when it comes to casting.

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In fact, we've not had a POC lead on either series since 2014, when Blake Garvey was cast as Bachie. 

But now, hot off the news that Jimmy Nicholson (who is of New Zealand and Fijian heritage) will take the reigns on The Bachelor, we have another reason to celebrate — Bachie alumni, Brooke Blurton, has been cast as this year's Bachelorette!

Brooke's casting is a huge step forward for Australian television, marking her as the first Indigenous lead for the Bachie franchise AND the first queer woman!

Burton identifies as bisexual, which means producers will be casting a mix of both men and women for her to woo — and we can only pray this step forward for diversity extends to the contestants too.

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Speaking to Channel 10 about the news, Burton said: "My perfect person is someone that loves me for me. I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. I’m so excited and hope that I finally find that person I’ve been waiting for."

Aussies are absolutely rejoicing in the news — commending the producers for finally giving Australia the kind of representation that really matters.

🚨The 2021 Bachelorette has been announced & it’s the AMAZING, kind, clever & stunning Brooke Blurton 🌹 @BrookeBlurton is bi so suitors will be mixed genders 🌈 This is history making stuff & the kind of representation that saves lives fam 😭 ❤️ I’m so happy! #BacheloretteAU

I was mega confused by the fact that everyone was talking about the Bachelorette and just realised that they announced a bi candidate and male and female contestants and legitimately got tears in my eyes 14 year old me needed this so badly. #BacheloretteAU

Twitter: @kindofsquishy

Australia leads the way! Our newest Bachelorette is Indigenous woman Brooke Blurton! ❤️💛🖤 In a world franchise first, Brooke, who identifies as pansexual, will have both male and female suitors vying for her roses! 🌹❤️ #bacheloretteau #bachelorette #thebachelorette

Twitter: @sodramaticpod

Casting is still open, so if you want a chance to win over this bombshell, better get your audition tape ready!

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We'll be counting down the days 'til this drops.

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