Tayshia, Joe & Hannah Ann Explain How Reality TV Changed Their Lives
Fans of "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," and nearly any other reality show know that appearing on television can change one’s life in an instant. It allows people to travel the world, get company sponsorships, and pursue personal passions. It can, however, also result in salacious headlines and fast-spreading rumors.
Before talking about the headlines, Joe said he wanted to chat with Tayshia and Hannah Ann about "how reality TV changed our lives" after appearing on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
Tayshia responded first, explaining that there’s "good and bad things that have come from it."
She said, "There’s so much I am thankful for since taking that leap of faith with reality TV. Number one, I’m no longer working in the medical field. If anything, I’m doing something that I’m more passionate about, which is being in the lifestyle and beauty space and creating a brand in that to hopefully empower and build up women."
Tayshia also spoke about what it means to be a Black woman on reality TV and the importance of having people of color on-screen.
She shared, "Especially for me, someone of color is not something that I had to look up to, so that is something I hope I can relate to a lot of women out there. Especially on reality TV, it’s not something you see very often. Would I do it again? Absolutely, because I was the most authentic version of myself, so it’s not something I regret by any means."
Tayshia admitted she does get anxiety sometimes because "opening your life for public scrutiny is not something that is a common thing and not everyone is prepared for."
She said she "struggled" with it after Colton Underwood’s season of "The Bachelor," but ultimately the experience has made her "a lot stronger."
Hannah Ann chimed in, "I don’t think I’ll ever get used to going to a coffee shop and having someone recognize me. Sometimes it will throw me off. I’m so grateful for the experience and I would definitely do it over again. Hindsight is 20/20, but it does make me anxious."
Joe adamantly added, "I love it."
He shared, "I was riding my bike the other day and I was riding past the CTA bus and this couple were knocking on the window waving at me. I’ve been able to travel the world because of it and have so many different experiences and meet people I never would’ve met. I dated someone I never would’ve had the chance to date."
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