Tayshia Adams of ‘The Bachelorette’ Makes Room for Mixed-Race Fans Like Me
The biracial lead talks Bachelor Nation, self-care, and Pop Smoke
I’ve been a fan of Bachelor Nation since Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette in 2012. Though for years, none of The Bachelorette leads looked like me — and the women who did look like me went home roseless earlier in the seasons — I still watched and unabashedly rooted for fairytale endings.
It wasn’t until Tayshia Adams brought Colton Underwood home to meet her family during the show’s 2019 season that I could see a setup that looked exactly like my life. Her Black dad grilled Colton on his intentions, and her Mexican mom listened to her daughter’s hopes for a romantic showstopper of a proposal.
Adams is currently the lead on this season of The Bachelorette, and she has quickly become one of the most popular stars in Bachelor Nation. She cuts to the chase, she has fun, and she presses the men to be honest on this journey with her; it’s clear that Adams is looking for the real thing.
I spoke with The Bachelorette breakout star about her unorthodox season and filming America’s favorite reality fix while police brutality and a global pandemic raged outside Bachelor walls. Here, we get to know Adams for who she is — outside of her mixed-race identity.
Momentum: I can imagine that you always get questions like, “What does X or Y mean to you as a Black woman, as the first Latina, as a biracial woman…” I could go on and on. And being mixed-race, I love so many things about myself that have nothing to do with race. What do you want people to know about you, about Tayshia, without any of those labels?
Tayshia Adams: Wow. I guess when I talk to myself at night or when I pray to God about what I want people to get from me, [it] is just to know I’m your girl next door, but I have such a big heart, and I truly care about people. It doesn’t matter who you are. And I think that I have gone through struggles in the past, and again, taking away from the entire race aspect of things, we could talk about finances, we could talk about just not feeling smart enough, we could talk about anything. And I feel like if I ever see anybody struggling and feeling like the underdog, I…