Roll tide! Hannah Brown was introduced to the world when she vied for Colton Underwood’s love on The Bachelor season 23 in 2018. While she did not end up with the former football player (Cassie Randolph stole his heart), ABC gave Brown a second chance at finding The One by naming her the lead of The Bachelorette’s 15th season. However, she came up short once again, breaking off her engagement to Jed Wyatt during the After the Final Rose special in 2019.
Since then, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native has emerged as a forced to be reckoned with. After her Bachelorette journey came to an end, she joined the season 28 cast of Dancing With the Stars. She made it all the way to the finale with her pro partner, Alan Bersten, and they walked away with the coveted mirrorball trophy.
“I wasn’t planning the whole time to be, like, this empowered woman,” she told Marie Claire in 2019 about her newfound status as a role model for women and girls across the nation. “I am. And I do feel that way. But the thing that I told myself I was going to be was real.”
After all, Brown came from humble beginnings, like many of her fans. Upon graduating from Tuscaloosa County High School, she attended the University of Alabama, where she joined the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and ultimately earned a degree in communications and information technology in 2017. She went on to work as an interior designer in Northport, Alabama, before becoming a reality TV sensation.
Scroll down to take a look back at Brown’s evolution, from her awkward first date with Underwood to becoming a leading lady and beyond!