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She was The Bachelorette who let fear get in the way. Or something.

We're not sure that's the best hook for Ashley Hebert heading into the new season of The Bachelorette, given how things went for her on The Bachelor, but ABC has to try something splashy for the promos, we suppose.

Whatever you want to call her, the third-place finisher on the most recent season of The Bachelor is calling the shots now, and begins her quest for love May 23.

Here's your first look at Ashley Hebert in action ...

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The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 23 on ABC, and the adorable Ashley Hebert is almost done filming the new season of the hit show in Asia!

According to Bachelor franchise shot-caller Mike Fleiss, who spoke about the upcoming season, the journey has taken six men and Ashley to Asia.

The series has been traveling to exotic locations more frequently of late, and Ashley is used to that, having made it all the way to the end last time.

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Last season of The Bachelor ended with Brad Womack in South Africa, where he let Ashley Hebert and Chantal O'Brien go in favor of Emily Maynard.

Numerous reports that Brad and Emily broke up for good have surfaced in recent days, but so far have not been confirmed by the couple or show.

In any event, it's Ashley's turn to dole out roses this time around, and the pride of Madawaska, Maine, could not be more excited to find true love.

What do you think: Will Ashley make a good Bachelorette?

 

[Photo: Sports Illustrated]

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Ashley Hebert is the fourth straight Bachelorette star (DeAnna Pappas, Jillian Harris and Ali Fedotowsky) to emerge from the previous season of The Bachelor.

But Mike Fleiss, creator of both shows, says Ash is a "different kind" of star.

He calls choosing the dental student, who failed to find love with Brad Womack this winter, and who will graduate later this year, a "good step" for the show.

Ashley Hebert in SI

"I think it's a cool lesson for young ladies out there to see an accomplished woman still struggling to put the personal side of her life together," Fleiss told EW.

"That's something a lot of women can relate to. So she will be a different kind of Bachelorette." Host-pimp Chris Harrison also says she'll "do great" in the role.

Ashley Hebert is "a spitfire," he says. "If you get to know her, which you will, she has great charisma and charm that just puts everybody at ease."

Says Chantal O'Brien, who Brad Womack rejected on Monday's finale:

"She definitely has a spunky personality and a ton of energy so, if anything, I think those guys will have to step up their game to keep up with her!"

What do you think? Will Ashley Hebert make a good Bachelorette?

 

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Once a major contender for Brad Womack's heart on The Bachelor, Ashley Hebert has undergone quite a makeover since she was named star of The Bachelorette.

The pride of small-town Madawaska, Maine and University of Pennsylvania dental student was totally the effervescent, approachable, cute girl next door.

Now? With a new, darker hairstyle, makeup and a glamorous wardrobe, she's ready to assume the starring role in a big way. But is it too big a change?

Tell us whether you prefer Ashley Hebert 1.0 or 2.0 below ...

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Ashley Hebert has undergone quite a transformation from The Bachelor to The Bachelorette. Which look do you think suits her best? Vote here! View Poll »

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Rejected by Brad Womack, 26-year-old Ashley Hebert has been confirmed as the next Bachelorette, with her season set to kick off Monday, May 23.

As the third-place finisher on The Bachelor (Brad chose Emily Maynard over Chantal O'Brien on the finale), Ashley is certainly a worthy candidate.

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We grew familiar with the cutie over the past few months, but now that she's about to call the shots, here are some things to know about her ...

She's a fourth-year grad student at the University of Pennsylvania, who will return to school after The Bachelorette and finish dental school this fall.

She's ready for love: "I feel like this season taught me so much about myself," Ashley Hebert said of The Bachelor. "It primed me for a relationship."

"I'm ready to meet 25 new guys. Bring 'em on!"

She has one tattoo on her inner right wrist.

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She failed to make the final rose ceremony this season, but Ashley Hebert still made her presence felt in the aftermath of The Bachelor finale last night.

Ash has been confirmed as the next star of The Bachelorette!

The announcement was made on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, a few hours after the finale. The new season kicks off Monday, May 23 on ABC!

Ashley Hebert Bikini Picture

The pride of Madawaska, Maine, is now The Bachelorette!

Showing off her new look, the 26-year-old, who graduates from dental school in a few months, told Kimmel that she believes everything worked out for the best.

That sentiment was echoed by Chantal O'Brien, The Bachelor runner-up and likely first choice for The Bachelorette, who has since found love with Jeff Razore.

Anyway, what do you think of Ashley Hebert as The Bachelorette?

 

Follow the jump for Ashley's interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which includes her thoughts on Brad and Emily and her unofficial "swearing in" ceremony ...

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Of all the girls on The Bachelor this season, few probably had Ashley Hebert pegged as the next Bachelorette. Or as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

While we're not sure what we think of her new look, which she debuted Monday night on the Women Tell All special, she sure looks the part right here.

Below are some of the photos taken during her awkward, but sizzling group date this season, during which Ashley Hebert posed for the swimsuit issue:

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  • Ashley Hebert Sports Illustrated Pic
  • Swimsuit Model
  • Leapin' For Joy
  • Ashley Hebert Bikini Photo
  • Ashley Hebert Topless Photo

The pride of Madawaska, Maine, may not fancy herself a supermodel or a woman who commands the attention of 25 men, which she reportedly will be.

We could get used to the idea pretty quickly, however, and we're guessing the The Bachelorette will have no shortage of applicants with her in the lead role.

What do you think of Ashley as The Bachelorette?

 

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She's still alive as one of three finalists on this season of The Bachelor. But has Ashley Hebert already been tapped to star on The Bachelorette this summer?

According to Reality Steve's Twitter.

For those unfamiliar with Steve, he is the WikiLeaks of Bachelor spoilers. No one knows how this stuff gets out, but it ends up on his blog and he is good.

Ashley Hebert Picture

How on Earth was a contestant who isn't even eliminated yet named the star of the sequel? We have no idea, and we obviously can't confirm this now.

But odds are still pretty high that Ashley Hebert, the perky dental student and pride of small town Madawaska, Maine, will be the next Bachelorette.

If true, it's not shocking she didn't win The Bachelor. Brad has stronger connections with Chantal O'Brien (the rumored winner) and Emily Maynard.

What is surprising is that Emily, with stunning looks and a touching story that seemed destined to land her the starring role, is not The Bachelorette.

Just the same, Ash is no slouch herself. She's down-to-earth, smart, fun and cute as they come. What do you think of the move? Vote below ...

Would Ashley make a good Bachelorette?

 

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