When Chelsea Vaughn was eliminated from The Bachelor, she left the Nemacolin Resort in an unforgettable way. Fans couldn’t help but notice that the 29-year-old New York City-based model pulled out her best runway walk as she was leaving the rose ceremony. Now, she has recreated the iconic moment for her followers on social media.
Even though Chelsea didn’t end up with Matt James, she still earned a legion of fans from her time on The Bachelor and managed to stay out of the drama. She wowed fans with her backless gown on Night One and built strong chemistry with Matt throughout the season, even winning a group date rose. Unfortunately, Chelsea only had the opportunity to go on group dates and never got the full one-on-one date with Matt that would have deepened their connection even further. Matt chose to send her home after week 6.
After saying her goodbyes to Matt and her friends after her elimination, Chelsea strutted away from the Nemacolin Resort in full runway fashion. To commemorate her iconic exit, Chelsea posted a TikTok to her Instagram page wherein she donned her rose ceremony dress and strutted up and down her hallway. Fans flooded the comment section of her post with supportive messages about her time on the show. “You were such a beautiful representation for our daughter to see. You may not have been picked, but you were chosen for a reason. You had a bigger destiny and we know you will find a deserving partner to grow with,” commented a fan. Even Kendall Long, who appeared on Arie Luyendyk’s season of The Bachelor and paired up with “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile on Bachelor in Paradise, commented “Yeeessss you owned that!”
Chelsea is just one of the many BIPOC contestants on this historically diverse season of The Bachelor. In a moment that resonated with many viewers, Chelsea told Matt that she struggled to accept and love her hair because she grew up as one of the only Black women in a mostly-white area. She shared that she had made the emotional decision to shave her head and discussed the personal and political issues that factor into Black hairstyles. But for all of the progressive conversations taking place on the show, The Bachelor still has to reckon with its racist roots. After Chris Harrison defended front-runner contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s attendance at a racist “Old South” event, Chelsea and the rest of the cast of season 25 posted matching statements condemning racism in the franchise and Chris Harrison’s defense of it.
Even though this season has been clouded with controversy, fans are grateful to have been introduced to compelling contestants like Chelsea. Hopefully, she will appear on Bachelor in Paradise for another shot at finding love with other past contestants from The Bachelor franchise.