This is crazy! Being a contestant on ‘The Bachelor’ may be the opportunity of a lifetime for some ladies, but would those same women be willing to shell out BIG bucks for just the chance to grab a rose? Read on to find out what contestants pay to get a shot at love.
“What didn’t I do before I left for the show?” former Bachelor contestant Whitney Bischoff — who ended up getting engaged to Bachelor Chris Soules (even though it didn’t work out) — told Refinery29. “I got highlights, lash extensions, a gel manicure, and a supply of high-definition makeup… But I had the most anxiety about how I was going to go without my weekly spray tans. After my farewell spray tan, I bought about four bottles of St. Tropez.”
And prep work like that does NOT come cheap. Most of the contestants said it’s actually super easy to drop $1,000 on just their beauty-related purchases before filming. Contestant Jaclyn Swartz estimated her total — which included salon appointments, workout classes and mass product stock-ups — was more like $5,000. “Equinox is expensive, man,” she says. Preach, Jaclyn!
But some contestants do find ways to continue their beauty rituals while in the house. “I brought a duffel bag full of toiletries, and then a huge makeup suitcase,” contestant Ashley Iaconetti said. “They tell you that you are allowed two to three suitcases total, but I brought six,” Jaclyn said. Hey, when you need your lipgloss, you need your lipgloss. Right?
The financial burden isn’t at all shared with the men of the franchise, who, “don’t have to do anything, and they don’t have to spend money on anything beauty-related,” Ashley said. “Well, this season, the guys probably have a ton of hair product in that bathroom — but not normally!” The star of The Bachelorette, like this season’s JoJo Fletcher, have a complimentary glam team. Bet JoJo wishes she had that squad when she was a contestant!
HollywoodLifers, would you drop that kind of dough for a rose?