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Photos by Megan Cencula


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Occupation: Professional Fiancée


We sat down with Bachelorette Season 11 star, Kaitlyn Bristowe in the raw to hear her thoughts on beauty, her body and life in the spotlight.  No production team, no make-up, no stylists and absolutely no filters.  This girl is the real deal and we love her candid, refreshingly open insight.


Most people know you as the fun, gorgeous girl from the Bachelorette but we’ve been lucky enough to know you for almost ten years now and we know you are so much more than that.  We adore you! Your experience on the show was a wild ride that catapulted you into the spotlight. Do you think being in the public eye makes you more conscious of your appearance?


1000{f31dd2d1944685ce2ae88154a0fca4e838c1d5c4feb0a8c87e0077bbf24e5273}. Unfortunately. Having a public platform comes with a lot of positives – and a lot of negatives. There is so much judgment out there – and most of it has been directed at my physical appearance. People have pointed to things on my face or body that I would’ve never even thought about. But now, sadly, I do.


Can you tell us a little bit about the process of getting ready to be on camera for a show like the Bachelorette?


It’s definitely a different story than being on the Bachelor. When you’re living alongside 25 other women in the bachelor mansion, there are at least 3 hair stylists and 5 make up artists – so that helps! But, in the end, it’s completely up to you – what you wear and what your hair and make up looks like. When you are the “star” of a reality show, A LOT goes into your appearance. There is pressure to be this desirable, attractive and stylish woman. As the bachelorette, I was lucky if I got 4 hours of sleep – and I am someone who functions and looks best after a full night’s rest. It took an army to try and hide the bags under my eyes! I would go to sleep with gel patches under my eyes and a thick layer of moisturizer. In the morning, my stylist would come in with racks of clothing to choose from. My make up and hair stylist would set up a room with all sorts of gadgets, tools and make up. I would sleep sitting up, while she airbrushed my face and glued on single lashes on to each of my own. Clip in extensions were a necessity for that extra hair volume. It probably took a total of 4 hours to get ready.


In general, when do you feel most beautiful?


When I’m around the people who love me. Friends, family and Shawn.


Have you ever struggled with insecurities about the way you look?


Of course – I think everyone does.  I grew up in a dance studio where girls were constantly glancing in the mirror and comparing themselves to others in the room. I’ve always felt insecure about how skinny I am. I admire women who have curves and muscle!


How did you feel when you first saw your raw pictures?


It was actually very eye-opening.  I’m at a great place in my life and I recognize how blessed I am to be healthy but seeing the pictures still brought out some insecurities.  I think it just highlights how hard we are on ourselves as women. We are our own worst critics!


With all the appearance-based pressure being placed on us these days it’s easy to forget how incredible our bodies are. What is the most amazing thing your body has done for you?


My body has done everything for me! It allows me to walk, talk, see and hear. It’s what keeps me ALIVE!


Kaitlyn2In challenging moments when you don’t feel your best what tools do you use to turn things around?


I’ve recently started meditating. I use an app called calm.com and it has taught me to breathe through the challenges – and to take a step back before reacting. My mom sent me a bag of elastic bands and I wear one on my wrist. Whenever I have a negative thought, I gently snap the band! It’s become a reality check and a reminder to quickly snap out of those bad moments. Talking to friends, family and Shawn always helps, too!


In your eyes, who is the most beautiful person in the world and why?


I can think of a few. My best friend Bri is a beautiful person because she embraces the changes in her body. A year ago, she gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby boy. Since then, her body has changed – but it’s because it’s doing what it’s supposed to do. Her breasts changed, yes, but they have kept a child alive. Her stomach isn’t the same, but it’s where the most precious, new life was formed. She is happier and more confident than she’s ever been before. It’s inspiring.


If you could give one message to other women what would it be?


To compliment other women and to embrace everyone’s beauty. Build each other up and be confident in your own skin.


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