LOS ANGELES — Bach Nation is finally getting its first diverse Bachelorette. Well, kind of.

Host Chris Harrison announced Monday that the next leading lady will be JoJo (Joelle) Fletcher, the 24-year-old Texas native and runner-up to Bachelor Ben Higgins’ heart.

Back at ABC’s Television Critics Association day in January, former ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee told reporters the next Bachelor or Bachelorette may finally not be Caucasian.

JoJo, who is a real estate developer, is half Iranian

“My mom is Persian, and my Dad was born and raised in Tennessee,” she wrote in her bio for The Bachelor season 28. “I’m proud of my mother’s background despite what social opinions are. It’s important for me to stand up to people stereotyping Iranians.” Read more…

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