Hannah Brown was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After high school, she enrolled in the University of Alabama and became a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2017 and went on to work as an interior designer.
Brown started competing in pageants at the age of 15. She competed against her future Bachelor castmate Hannah Godwin in Miss Alabama USA in 2017, a year before Brown won the title. She also competed in Miss USA 2018, but did not place. She used her platform to help people suffering from depression and anxiety.
Brown vied for Colton Underwood’s love on season 23 of The Bachelor in 2018. She finished in seventh place, but still ended up with a happy ending after being named the lead for The Bachelorette season 15.