As tends to happen on The Bachelor, the contestants’ pasts can come back to haunt them, causing drama between the women, especially when the contestants have had previous relationships with one another. However, Victoria Fuller‘s past has nothing to do with any other Bachelor hopeful: Her previous relationship with Chase Rice was the source of some drama, just between her and Bachelor Peter Weber, and her previous modeling jobs have also affected how people outside the Bachelor Mansion view her.
On Victoria F.’s first one-on-one date with Peter, they attended a concert for country musician Chase Rice. Later, Victoria admitted to Peter that she had had a previous relationship with the singer. Although Peter was taken aback at first, the two were able to have a constructive conversation about past relationships, and were closer for it. However, the drama bled into Victoria’s relationships with the other women on the show, causing a rift between her and Alayah Benavidez, when she found out Alayah had been tellling other women about Victoria and Chase’s former affair. Later, when Peter asked Victoria on a second one-on-one, resentment began to form among some of the other women, who hadn’t yet gotten any alone time with their Bachelor.
Like many a Bachelor contestant before her, Victoria F. has dabbled in modeling. Usually that’s not a problem at all, but in her case, accusations of racial insensitivity have been made. Here’s why: Victoria modeled for a “Marlin Lives Matter” campaign, intended to raise awareness for the fish species. However, the campaign included some insensitive slogans, such as the “White Lives Matter” t-shirt that Victoria modeled. The campaign also featured a “Blue Lives Matter” slogan and even a confederate flag. Because of these slogans’ and symbol’s association with white supremacy and backlash against the Black Lives Matter movement, Victoria is now caught up in a bit of a scandal.
Remember the Cosmopolitan challenge in Costa Rica? When Victoria F. won the challenge, which involved a swimsuit shoot in front of a waterfall, she was ecstatic, feeling like she had finally come out of her shell. The winner was supposed to be featured on the cover of Cosmo’s March issue, but the magazine pulled out of the agreement. Editor-in-chief Jessica Pels justified her team’s decision thusly: “Unequivocally, the White Lives Matter movement does not reflect the values of the Cosmo brand. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and any cause that fights to end injustices for people of color.”
Although Pels made a very well thought-out and gracious statement, not everyone has been so diplomatic. Many fans have expressed their disappointment with Victoria F. Peter has spoken out about the issue, and urged viewers to look forward at Victoria’s behavior on the show instead of toward her past, saying “I just hope that people can form their opinion on her based on what they see between the two of us and her time on the show…. She’s not perfect, I’m not perfect, no one’s perfect, but, yeah, that’s all I can really say on that.”