Hannah Brown

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Hannah Brown
Born
Hannah Kelsey Brown

(1994-09-24) September 24, 1994 (age 24)
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
Occupation
  • Model
  • television personality
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
TitleMiss Alabama USA 2018
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorGreen
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 2018
(Unplaced)

Hannah Kelsey Brown[1] (born September 24, 1994)[2][3] is an American television personality, model, and former beauty pageant titleholder. She starred as the eponymous lead in season 15 of The Bachelorette. Brown had previously placed in the top seven in season 23 of The Bachelor, starring Colton Underwood. As a beauty pageant titleholder, Brown was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2018, and competed in Miss USA 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to parents Robert Walker Brown and Susanne Brown, and raised there and in nearby Northport, Alabama.[1][4][5][4][6] She graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School, and later from the University of Alabama in 2017, receiving a degree magna cum laude from the university's College of Communication and Information Sciences.[2][7] In college, she was a member of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega (ΑΧΩ) sorority.[8] Brown then worked as an interior designer in Northport.[7]

Career[edit]

Pageantry[edit]

Brown began her pageantry career at age 15, competing in local Alabama teen pageants.[9] As a teenager, she had placed first runner-up in Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2010 and second runner-up in Miss Alabama Teen USA 2011, losing to Barron Rae Williams. Brown later competed in Miss Alabama 2013, however she did not place in the competition.[6][10][11][12] After a brief hiatus from pageantry, Brown returned to compete in Miss Alabama USA 2017, but did not place in the competition. She returned the following year representing West Alabama and was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2018 by outgoing titleholder Baylee Smith.[11]

As Miss Alabama USA 2018, Brown was given the opportunity to represent Alabama at the Miss USA 2018 competition, held in Shreveport, Louisiana.[13] While at Miss USA, Brown was roommates with future The Bachelor cast mate Caelynn Miller-Keyes, who had been crowned Miss North Carolina USA 2018. For the pageant, Brown adopted a platform of mental health awareness, as she had previously suffered from anxiety and depression which caused her to leave pageantry for several years.[14][6][7][9] Brown ultimately did not place in the competition. She resumed her reign after filming of The Bachelor had completed and crowned Hannah McMurphy as her successor in November 2018.[15][16]

Reality television[edit]

In 2018, Brown was cast in season 23 of The Bachelor, starring former professional football player Colton Underwood. Filming for the season took place throughout fall 2018, and Brown was later revealed by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) as a contestant on December 6, 2018.[17][18] Brown went on to place seventh in the competition, being eliminated by Underwood during the episode airing February 18, 2019 and filmed in Denver, Colorado.[19] During the second part of the season finale, aired on March 12, 2019, Brown was announced by host Chris Harrison as the lead for the upcoming fifteenth season of The Bachelorette. Brown is the first Bachelorette cast to not have placed in the top four of a season of The Bachelor.[20][21][22] In the season finale, Brown chose Jed Wyatt as her fiancé, although they later broke up after filming after it emerged through People that Wyatt had been in a relationship with another girl prior to and during his stint on The Bachelorette. Brown later asked runner-up Tyler Cameron out on a date.[23][24][25]

In August 2019, Brown was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 28 of Dancing with the Stars. Her appearance makes her the second woman in the show's history to participate from The Bachelorette, following Trista Sutter in the first season.[26][27]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Miss USA 2018 Herself Miss Alabama USA
2019 The Bachelor Herself Contestant; season 23
The Bachelorette Herself The Bachelorette; season 15
Bachelor in Paradise Herself Guest appearance; season 6
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant; season 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tuscaloosa Belles 5/12". The Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Archived from the original on March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019 – via Questia. For full archived article, click "Read Preview".
  2. ^ a b "Hannah Brown Alabama". Miss Universe. n.d. Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  3. ^ Cohen, Jess (March 22, 2019). "How Hannah Brown's Bachelorette Journey Will Be Different From Past Seasons". E! News. Retrieved May 8, 2019. Born Sept. 24, 1994, Hannah B. is now the youngest Bachelorette star in history at the age of 24.
  4. ^ a b Flanagan, Ben (March 12, 2019). "Alabama's Hannah Brown is ABC's next 'Bachelorette'". AL.com. Retrieved May 8, 2019. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa...
  5. ^ Cacish, Allison (May 7, 2019). "Who are 'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown's Parents?". Distractify. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Harney, Erin (May 8, 2018). "Miss Alabama USA, Hannah Brown, hopes to bring joy to the lives of others". Alabama News Center. The Northport native began competing in pageants when she was 15...
  7. ^ a b c D'Aluisio, Alexandra (March 12, 2019). "Who Is Hannah Brown? 5 Things to Know About the Next Bachelorette". Us Weekly.
  8. ^ "2016-17 Annual Giving Societies for Individual Donors". Alpha Chi Omega. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Demaria, Meghan (January 14, 2019). "Who Is Hannah B. From The Bachelor? Here's What to Know About Miss Alabama". Popsugar.com.
  10. ^ Jaramillo, Natalia (January 17, 2019). "Who Is Hannah Brown? 5 Things To Know About The 'Bachelor' Contestant Who Went On The First One-On-One With Colton Underwood". YourTango.com.
  11. ^ a b "Miss Alabama USA & Miss Alabama Teens USA State Pageant Results". Pageant Update. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Taylor, Drew (January 2, 2018). "Northport native to represent Alabama in Miss USA beauty pageant". The Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "It's official: Miss USA 2018 pageant coming to Shreveport". KTBS-TV. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  14. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (March 12, 2019). "Everything to Know About the New Bachelorette, Former Pageant Queen Hannah Brown". People.
  15. ^ Sison, Bree (November 18, 2018). "University of Alabama students win Miss Alabama USA, Miss Teen Alabama USA". WBRC-TV.
  16. ^ "Hannah McMurphy". Pageant Planet. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  17. ^ Flanagan, Ben (December 6, 2016). "Meet the Alabama women competing for Colton Underwood's heart on 'The Bachelor'". Alabama: AL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Krolak, Mike (December 6, 2018). "The Bachelor 2019 Cast: Meet Colton's Bachelorettes". ABC. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Baldwin, Kristen (February 18, 2019). "The Bachelor recap: Cassie and Caelynn in the crosshairs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  20. ^ Stone, Natalie (March 12, 2019). "Hannah Brown Named Bachelorette — and Bachelor Nation Has Mixed Reactions". People.
  21. ^ Melas, Chloe (March 12, 2019). "And the next 'Bachelorette' is ..." CNN.
  22. ^ Krolak, Mike (March 12, 2019). "Who Is the Next Bachelorette 2019? It's Hannah Brown!". ABC.
  23. ^ "Bachelorette Bombshell! Jed Wyatt's Ex Says They Were Dating When He Went on the Show". People. June 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "Who Is Scott's Girlfriend? 'The Bachelorette' Contestant Has Some Explaining To Do". Romper. May 13, 2019.
  25. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (July 30, 2019). "The Bachelorette: Hannah Brown Ends Engagement with Jed Wyatt After Learning He Told 'Half-Truths'". People.
  26. ^ "'Dancing With the Stars' 2019: Hannah Brown, Karamo Brown, Lamar Odom and more to compete on new season". Good Morning America. August 21, 2019.
  27. ^ Dove, Steve (August 21, 2019). "Dancing with the Stars 2019 Cast Revealed for Season 28". ABC.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Baylee Smith
Miss Alabama USA
2018
Succeeded by
Hannah McMurphy
Preceded by
Becca Kufrin
The Bachelorette
Season 15
Succeeded by
[to be determined]