Matt was the 2019 Bachelor, and has since probably taken the title of ‘most dramatic’ transformation from the franchise – all because of his hair. Matt spent most of 2020 and 2021 growing out his hair, which now reaches past his shoulders, and looks so lush that shampoo ads are probably jealous. He’s still rocking the square-frame glasses, and loves a bit of science, but we’re much too distracted by his mane to pay attention to much else.
Abbie Chatfield took her villain status on Matt’s season and flipped it on its head, using her national lack of popularity to draw attention to unnecessary slut shaming, bullying, and cruelty from the online community while her season was airing. And now, she’s a full-time influencer, podcast host and television presenter, with a book in the works. She’s also glowed up since her days vying for Matt’s heart, but we honestly think her unmatched confidence is her greatest feature.
Timm with two M’s stole our hearts on Angie Kent’s season of The Bachelorette, with his free-wheeling attitude towards life and his long beach waves. While he didn’t win, he did make it through to second place, and went on to star on Bachelor in Paradise, where he had a brief fling with Brittany Hockley. The changes to his hair make Timm seem quite transformed – he’s gone from a dark, cropped look, to a peroxide mullet, and is now sporting a slicked-back blonde approach. We’re fans!
Ah, Ciarran. Part of us is still convinced that Angie might have ended up dating the English lad if he hadn’t exited the show early due to a death in his family. However, he didn’t come off too well on Bachelor in Paradise, and has since kept a pretty low profile, foraying into the world of boxing, of all things. Ciarran was recognisable for his flaxen mane of hair, which was often styled in braids, or in a thick bun. It’s now been cropped short, and when he’s not sporting his blonde locks, it's because they’re often dyed pink.
This transformation is about a little more than hair, although that is included. Brittany has come a long way since her time on Nick Cummins’ season of The Bachelor, where he famously did not pick either Brit nor Sophie Tieman, his two finalists. She’s now a successful podcast host alongside fellow Bachelor alum, Laura Byrne, and has just spent a few months travelling with her gorgeous tennis playing boyfriend, Jordan Thompson. And yes, she’s also gone blonde.
Nick Cummins’ trainwreck season seemed to be the season of glow-ups, because we’ve loved watching how far Alisha Aitken-Radburn has come since her days of being villainised on the show. While it could just be that Alisha seems a little older and wiser now, we also feel her glow-up has been more than physical. She’s a successful podcast host, influencer, and is now engaged to Glenn Smith, whom she met on BIP! We love watching her thrive.
We couldn’t make this list without including Brooke, who has come so far since her stint on Nick Cummins season. She came in third originally, walking from the show when she realised that Nick didn’t know what he wanted, a step ahead of the rest of the world. She’s now our current Bachelorette, and the first openly bisexual and First Nations one at that. While she hasn’t ‘transformed’ so much physically apart from a few highlights, we’re adoring seeing this authentic, lively version of Brooke who is ready to find love.
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