The untold truth of Hannah B.

Hannah Brown was first introduced to America as one of 30 gorgeous women competing for the love of one serious catch of a guy. Though the odds that she'd be the one to snag The Bachelor's heart were decidedly not in her favor, that didn't stop Hannah Brown — known to Bachelor fans as Hannah B. — from giving it her best and throwing in her all for a shot at true love. The Alabama-born-and-bred beauty queen was positively radiant on the show, putting her best and most authentic foot forward at all times. So it's a little bit surprising that there wasn't more chemistry between her and Colton Underwood. She'd later become the lead on The Bachelorette, though her season didn't result in the happily-ever-after fans had hoped for.

So how is it that she got on The Bachelor in the first place? What makes her tick? Does she really love Alabama that much? And what else is there to know about the charming southern belle? Here's everything we dug up about Hannah B.

Is Hannah B. from sweet home Alabama? You bet.

The first thing out of Hannah Brown's mouth on The Bachelor after her name was, of course, "Welcome to Alabama." The 23-year-old bombshell is obviously an Alabama native, born and raised in Tuscaloosa, according to her ABC profile. A self-described proud member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Brown attended the University of Alabama, her parents' Alma mater. There, she received a bachelor of arts degree in communications studies with a minor in public relations, according to an article in The Tuscaloosa News. This gal clearly has both beauty and brains.

Additionally, she's a pretty traditional gal, which often comes with the territory with southern ladies. She appreciates it when guys open doors and pull out chairs for her, and likes listening to country music above all other genres. Brown also enjoys playing board games, and watches every single Alabama football game. It doesn't get much more pure Americana than that!

Hannah Brown cinched the Miss Alabama USA title in 2017

One of Hannah Brown's biggest accomplishments was winning the Miss Alabama USA pageant in 2017, rendering her Miss Alabama USA 2018. You know there was some serious competition in that room, but, at the end of the day, the crown and sash were Brown's for the taking. Congrats, girl!

The beauty queen took to Instagram to celebrate her victory. "If you're shocked, I am too. If you are excited — sweet — I am too," she gushed. "The Lord is so faithful. I'm honored He has given me this opportunity to serve His people with this shiny hat." Of course, a good Christian girl never forgets to thank God for her brightest blessings.

Brown also set her intention straight away, letting people know that she had plans for her year as Alabama's most beautiful star. "That's my goal this year — to love and encourage people anyway I can," she continued. "Please follow me this year @missalusa on this incredible journey... it's going to be a fun one!" Clearly she's all about spreading the love, and we're here for it. Brown also competed in the 2018 Miss USA pageant, but did not win the title. Next time!

Pageants have been Hannah Brown's thing for a while

Hannah Brown made her foray into the pageant world at the tender age of 15. Originally, she did it because of scholarship opportunities, but quickly realized that there were other advantages. Namely, she enjoyed sharing her talents, jazz dance moves, outreach skills, and public speaking abilities with the world. "My family has seen me grow significantly because of being in pageantry," she revealed in an interview with Alabama NewsCenter. "It has really amplified me as a person." So she was really able to achieve personal growth thanks to these events.

That aforementioned growth also helped her develop some real-world people skills, too. "I have been able to talk to really anybody from all aspects of life," she continued. "It has given me a lot of confidence in times when there is both positive and negative light shed on me." Now that she's starred on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, those skills are more important than ever, as she'll be under a whole lot more scrutiny from the public. 

Hannah Brown lost a few pageants before winning

The road to being crowned Miss Alabama USA 2018 wasn't exactly a smooth one. When she started out, Hannah Brown was awarded first runner-up in the Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen pageant, then took home the honor of second runner-up in the Miss Alabama Teen USA competition. But when she aged into the Miss Alabama system, she wasn't able to break into the top 15 — four years in a row. "It was kind of discouraging," she admitted in an interview with Alabama NewsCenter. Well of course it would be — she's only human, and losing isn't easy.

But fortunately, Brown was able to make the most of those experiences. "I learned a lot and I think the Lord taught me how to lose graciously," she shared in an interview with The Tuscaloosa News. "It wasn't always fun or easy, but I think I had to go through all that to really be ready to be Miss Alabama USA." It sounds like she made the most of those tough moments, and became a better person for it.

Hannah Brown is no stranger to anxiety and depression

Hannah Brown has been candid about the fact that she's struggled with mental health issues, showing that it really can affect anyone. "It took me a while to really figure out what my passion was, and I think that was another reason that I struggled with anxiety and depression," she revealed in her Meet Miss Alabama USA interview. "If you don't know what your purpose is, and your passion is, then sometimes you don't know what life is for." Preach, girl, because those are some seriously wise words.

Fortunately, Brown is in a better place, and intends to help others who are experiencing what she has gone through in the past. "I am here to encourage people and to be like, hey, I've been there, but here I am today," she said in an interview with Alabama NewsCenter "I've been in a dark place, but there is light in the darkness." To that end, Brown started a program in schools centering around joy, where she shares her story about her experience with anxiety and depression. What a great way to help those who need it.

Interior design just wasn't the same for Hannah Brown

After college, Hannah Brown worked as an interior designer at Gracefully Done in Northport, AL, where she was able to utilize her education and people skills. "I love making my customers' dream homes a reality," she affirmed in an interview with The Tuscaloosa NewsDuring that time, she also stopped doing pageants so she could focus on her career.

But Brown didn't make it a full year when pageants started calling to her again, as she missed the excitement of the stage, and the confidence it gave her. "I've always loved being on stage, but could be shy at times," she continued. "Once I entered pageants, I found my voice to be [confident]." So just two weeks before the Miss Alabama USA tryout, Brown decided to throw her hat back into the ring. And it paid off because that year, she took home the grand prize. Sometimes you just have to follow your heart.

About that beef between Hannah B. and Caelynn...

It wouldn't be The Bachelor without at least one feud between some of the contestants, and Season 23 didn't disappoint. We're referring specifically to the drama that went down between Hannah Brown and Caelynn Miller-Keyes, which bubbled up during the second episode when Miller-Keyes dished about their past. Specifically, Miller-Keyes said that they had been friends before competing at the Miss USA pageant in 2018, where she was Miss North Carolina and won first runner-up — and Brown didn't make the top 15. Miller-Keyes went on to say that Brown was "mad that she didn't place for sure... she wasn't happy," and implied that she was jealous of her. The drama was afoot!

Of course, Brown denied being jealous, and said that Miller-Keyes was lying. And, while we might never know the whole real story, some mutual acquaintances have sided with Brown, according to Vulture magazine. They believe that Miller-Keyes was the one with the attitude at the pageant, and said that Brown texted her afterwards to tell her so. They also believe that Miller-Keyes has a manipulative streak. Yikes!

Colton Underwood broke Hannah Brown's heart

Hannah Brown was anything but shy about her feelings for Colton Underwood on The Bachelor. "He had a lot of qualities that I look for in a partner, a spouse and what I want in a husband," she confessed in an interview with The Tuscaloosa News. "Overall, I was excited from the beginning to get to know him." They certainly seemed like they would be a great match!

Unfortunately, as we all know, Underwood didn't reciprocate those feelings, and sent her home after their date on the seventh episode. Of course, that was anything but easy for Brown. "It crushed me, but I think the relationships and things I've been through reminded me that even in that moment of hurt and sadness that ultimately, I want someone who loves me the same way I love them," she continued. "That's what I deserve, and that's what I want, and that's not what I was getting with Colton." We feel you, girl.

Hannah Brown really believes in true love

One of the really sweet things about Hannah Brown is that she wears her heart on her sleeve. She really has faith that somewhere out there, the man of her dreams is waiting for her. "I believe 1000 percent that you can find your person and fall in love," she revealed in an interview with The Tuscaloosa News. "If that is something that can happen for me, I would love the opportunity, but I think you can fall in love anywhere." That is just so sweet

Before the official announcement that she would be the next Bachelorette, Brown fueled speculation when she didn't rule out exactly where she will meet and fall for her Prince Charming. "I could fall in love at a coffee shop tomorrow or on national television," she continued. "Who knows?" We now know the Brown had the chance to find love while starring as the lead of The Bachelorette, which millions of people watched. But, at the time of this writing, she's yet to find her forever love.

About that awkward date between Hannah Brown and Colton Underwood...

The consensus is in: clearly, the most uncomfortable moment of Season 23 of The Bachelor was definitely Hannah Brown's date with Colton Underwood in the second episode. Specifically, the amount of awkward silences that transpired in the space of those hours was... er, impressive. And who could forget the toast that had everyone cringing on their couches: "Let's make a toast to... OK! And I'll put a bunch of words that sound good, that are real, that are real, real words. OK." Then she laughed. "OK. Let's make a toast to — first, it's my birthday, so to this amazing day. And, um, yeah. Roll tide." Homegirl really threw a roll tide out there as a last-ditch effort to break up that awkwardness. Cringe!

But Brown explained what was going on in her head in an Instagram post. "Yep. this date was totally uncomfortable and awkward, because I was totally uncomfortable and awkward with everything surrounding me," she admitted. All things considered, it really could have been worse. But still, that one did not go well.

Hannah Brown and Demi Burnett are friends, for real

You might be tempted to think all of the contestants on The Bachelor secretly hate each other, but that's actually not true at all. In fact, one of the notable friendships between contestants in Season 23 was that of Hannah Brown and Demi Burnett, a fellow interior designer. Though Burnett was sent home early as well, she and Brown didn't cut ties when the cameras stopped rolling. "I talk to my girl Demi on a daily basis," Brown revealed in an interview with Fansided. "We talked for an hour last night before we went to bed. We told each other 'sweet dreams.' So we are always calling each other up." It really is heartwarming to know that many of the friendships formed on The Bachelor really are the real deal and aren't just for show.

Brown has nothing but gratitude in her heart for her newfound partner-in-crime. "I truly am so, so thankful that I had Demi on this experience to just encourage me to be okay with who I am," she continued. "Unleash the beast, you know!" We wonder what the two have planned for the future!

Hannah Brown "really got to know" herself

For as much heartache and drama that Hannah Brown had to endure on The Bachelor, she's testified to the fact that the experience helped her grow immensely. Specifically, she was really able to get to know her authentic self — and share it with the entire world. "I finally started sitting in the front row of my own ride," she mused in a post on her Instagram page. 

She continued, "I got honest. I got raw and real with myself. And I really got to know me (the good me, the bad me, and the ugly me... also the weird, crazy-fun me) so I could let other people get to know the real Han too." That couldn't have been easy to do on national television, of all places, either.

But seeing her blossom on TV could be really fun at times, and it showed. "I feel like the beast has always been inside of me, in some way," she recalled in an interview with Fansided. "To me the beast has been more about being okay with who I am and opening up and not really caring what anybody thinks." That's how you do it, girl!

Hannah Brown likes that Colton Underwood was a virgin

Arguably one of the most talked-about aspects of Season 23 of The Bachelor was Colton Underwood's virginity, something he has been very open about. And while some people might think it's weird, or others might question his proverbial manhood, Underwood didn't hide who he was in the face of all that potential mockery. Nothing but respect for you for that, bud.

One person who was 100 percent into that fact was Hannah Brown, who has similar values when it comes to intimacy. "I'm not a virgin but sex is a big deal so... that he's a virgin is super appealing to me," she revealed in an interview with The Tuscaloosa News. That's a good indicator of compatibility, for sure.

Brown may have wondered why so many people were judgmental about the whole thing, but she, too, admitted she was at least a bit surprised. "I honestly couldn't believe people were like, 'What?' I was like, 'Oh my God! That's so awesome,'" she continued. "It's so amazing, but then I'm like, 'How?'" You're not the only one wondering, sister!

Hannah Brown was announced as the next Bachelorette

Colton Underwood may have sent Hannah Brown home, but that didn't mean that Miss Alabama USA 2018 was done with reality television. In fact, on the season finale of The Bachelor, Miss Hannah B. was confirmed as the next bachelorette.

Prior to the big announcement, Brown told Entertainment Tonight that being on The Bachelorette was an opportunity she'd "love to have." She shared, "I think I really believe in this process and I do think you can fall in love here and be in love and find your person," adding, "So, if it could be me, that would be great. I'm really sincere about it."

After the big announcement, the Alabama native revealed to People: "I feel all the emotions, but honestly I'm just really grateful for this opportunity." People reported that Brown found out about her new reality TV opportunity three weeks prior to the announcement, with Brown revealing that her "family has been really supportive of me and is really happy," noting, "They have made me who I am and they trust me and love me and ultimately want me to have love too."

Hannah B.'s ending on The Bachelorette wasn't exactly a happily-ever-after

Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette was a doozy. When the show was coming to a close, Brown had to choose between aspiring musician Jed Wyatt and general contractor Tyler Cameron — which wasn't an easy decision for Brown to make. But in the end, after giving Cameron the bad news, Brown accepted Wyatt's proposal without hesitation, surrounded by flowers and clearly gushing with joy.

But alas, that happily-ever-after was not to be, as, shortly after Brown and Wyatt got engaged, Brown found out that Wyatt had lied, leaving another girl hanging back at home. Feeling betrayed, Brown broke off the engagement, though she accepted Wyatt's apology, class act that she is. She then told Cameron that now that she's single, she'd like to go get a drink with him sometime.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Brown confirmed that the drink indeed happened, giving even more hope to everyone on #TeamTannah. However, Cameron may have also gone on a date with supermodel Gigi Hadid, so who knows what the future may hold for the Bachelor Nation pair.

Shame? Hannah B. has no time for that

The Jed Wyatt monkey wrench wasn't the only controversy that transpired during Hannah Brown's tenure on The Bachelorette. That was due to Brown's especially sexy date with Peter Weber, when she took him into the fantasy suite. Things got pretty hot and heavy, to say the least, as Brown made it clear in no uncertain terms that they indeed did the deed in a windmill.

But that in and of itself wasn't what caused the stir, although it's a bit racy for The Bachelor franchise. Rather, it was contestant Luke P.'s relentless judgment of Brown's personal, intimate decisions that upset her, to the point that she sent him home — and flipped him the bird as he was driven away. Talk about scandalous!

Of course, this caused headlines, leading Brown to address the situation on Instagram. "My faith has been questioned by thousands who don't know my heart, and my transparency with my decisions has labeled me promiscuous," she wrote. "Simultaneously, I've become a role model for young women and started bigger conversations around faith, and sex." At the end of the day, Brown clearly has no time for shame, and we're here for it!

Hannah B. is taking time for herself

Now that Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette has come and gone, with no evidence that any of the romances from the show are destined to be, Brown's living the single life with renewed vigor. "I don't need a guy," she revealed in an interview with Good Morning America. She added, "I have feelings for Tyler and I had been interested in hanging out, but that doesn't mean I want to hang out with a bunch of other guys because I don't need a guy to make me happy. I'm happy with me." That is an absolutely inspirational perspective, to be sure.

Brown is also enjoying a new life in Los Angeles, where all kinds of doors are opening for her. "I'm living on my own for the first time and shuffling through this life of next steps with press, media, and opportunities galore," she wrote in an Instagram post, noting, "The woman who has emerged would shock the mirror-image young girl from a year ago." The world is your oyster, Hannah!