Hundreds of people have had some very dramatic moments in the many, many seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor. And for the last four years, some contestants who didn’t wind up with the final rose have been invited back to compete in the tropical love triangle of Bachelor(ette) spinoff, Bachelor In Paradise. While many of the love-seekers earn a very temporary place in pop culture history, few are as persistent as Ashley Iaconetti.
Where many Bachelor Nation women have left wanting to bury themselves in the sand, Ashley entered The Bachelor mansion with a mission. Though she didn’t find a soulmate in season 19 Bachelor, Chris Soules, Ashley returned for two seasons of Bachelor In Paradise as well as The Bachelor Winter Games, which she “won.” But though she walked away with bragging rights and the heart of Kevin Wendt, Ashley knew her future with Jared Haibon was still meant to be!
Jenna from Arie’s season was one of many Bachelor In Paradise contestants who got to witness Jared and Ashley’s engagement on the beach. Like many others in attendance, she expressed a mixture of excitement and semi-amazement, stating, “This can really work…if you pursue it mercilessly for years.”
Ashley had to kiss a lot of frogs to find her prince, but she’s a great example of how a love story can turn out great after a discouraging start—if you have the right attitude and never give up.
She may have had to wade though some rough waters, but she did it with a smile on her face. And her Instagram selfies are filled with that positive outlook proving that Ashley’s attitude is what makes her truly beautiful. How sexy is that?