It's official: After 15 years and 33 seasons, the "Bachelor" franchise finally has a Black lead handing out the roses.
On Monday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," it was announced that Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old lawyer from Texas, will be the next Bachelorette.
Lindsay is currently a contestant on Nick Viall's season of "The Bachelor."
Although she's technically still in the running for Viall's heart and has yet to be sent home on the show, ABC made the decision to announce its historic new "Bachelorette" early.
Although Lindsay clearly doesn't end up being Viall's true love, there are many reasons why any guy would be lucky for even a chance to compete for Lindsay's heart.
Here's everything we know about the new Bachelorette:
She is incredibly bright.
Lindsay attended the University of Texas, where she majored in Kinesiology and Sports Management. She then went on to law school at Marquette University and now practices insurance law at a firm based in Dallas, Texas.
(First Andi Dorfman, now Rachel Lindsay — the Bachelorettes are basically this decade's Elle Woods.)
She makes a killer first impression.
Lindsay's smart, classy (yet fun) demeanor captured Viall's attention immediately; after all, he did hand her the coveted first-impression rose on the season 21 premiere.
And now that Rachel is part of Viall's top four, it's safe to say that her first impressions made a lasting impact.
Celebrities are already huge fans.
Back in December, Jennifer Aniston named Lindsay as one her top four "Bachelor" contestant picks on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
The lawyer has also won over several "Bachelor" alums, including Ashley Iconetti, Ben Higgins, and Andi Dorfman:
And perhaps most importantly, Lindsay will be the first Black headliner in the history of the "Bachelor" franchise.
ABC has been heavily criticized in the past for its white-washed "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" selections.
Juan Pablo Galavis was the first Latino Bachelor (his disastrous season aired in 2014), but never in the history of the "Bachelor" franchise has a Black man or woman been the person handing out roses — until now.
However, Lindsay hopes viewers will focus on who she is as a person — not the color of her skin.
Following ABC's official announcement, she told People:
"I’m happy to represent myself as a Black woman in front of America ... I’m obviously nervous and excited to take on this opportunity but I don’t feel added pressure being the first Black Bachelorette, because to me, I’m just a Black woman trying to find love. Yes, I’m doing it on this huge stage, but again my journey of love isn’t any different just because my skin color is.”
Lindsay's season of "The Bachelorette" will premiere May 22 on ABC.
Twenty-one seasons of "The Bachelor" and 12 seasons of "The Bachelorette" later, we finally get to watch a Black lead find love.