Andi Dorfman is revolutionizing The Bachelorette. At least her cousin Allison Yarrow, a New York City journalist and filmmaker, seems to believe this.
Yarrow, whose mother and Andi’s mom are sisters and “very close,” calls her first cousin “a new breed of Bachelorette” In a column for the New York Times.
Her a piece, titled “More Than a Bride, Someone to Emulate,” breaks down all the ways Andi Dorfman, 27, stands out on the long-running ABC reality show.
This is significant because The Bachelor franchise has been frequently criticized for its sexist portrayal of women and lack of ethnic diversity in the past.
The Atlanta-based Dorfman is not only a “sassy, sharp drug-crime prosecuting lawyer,” but she holds the distinction of being the first Jewish bachelorette.
The brunette beauty also dumped Juan Pablo Galavis and bolted The Bachelor last season after he wasn’t treating her with the respect that she deserved.
“It’s clear The Bachelorette has tacked in the right direction,” Yarrow writes. “Today, America is a different place for women than it was more than a decade ago.”
“Online feminism was born, women now outnumber men on college campuses and have infiltrated more diverse sectors of the workforce.”
“Refusing last season’s seemingly narcissistic bachelor, leaving the show on her own … shows legions of fans that the pursuit of love shouldn’t come at the cost of self.”
Yarrow, who called her cousin a “fresh new step” for the show, praised ABC for “anointing a Bachelorette who is willing to at once be the brand and subvert it.”
“Andi is gorgeous and smart,” her cousin gushed in a separate interview with Us. “We knew that she was special but now America will know too.”
“Andi is such a strong and ambitious person. She’s goofy and funny [and] super fun to be around! It’s so great to see her as she really is on TV.”
“I think having a woman like Andi on The Bachelorette really reflects a change in how we as a culture view women,” Yarrow continued in praise of Dorfman.
“For young women it is great to see someone like Andi, who has a great career and can return to it; see her succeed professionally and still go after love.”
While the writer didn’t offer up The Bachelorette spoilers, she did say that Dorfman is in a positive place after the filming of her quest for love on ABC.
What do you think of her as The Bachelorette? Good choice?