By Amanda Mitchell published
Spoiler alert for The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise. The 23rd season of The Bachelor featured a number of lovable women competing for Colton Underwood's heart—particularly, as the season went on, Hannah Godwin. The 23-year-old content creator immediately caught Colton Underwood's eye and she received the show's most important distinction—the First Impression Rose. Jojo Fletcher, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Rachel Lindsay, and Becca Kufrin all wound up engaged to the men they gave their first impression rose on The Bachelorette, so, this was huge. Sadly, Hannah only made it to top three before being unceremoniously dumped as Colton straight up quit the show (which was pretty par for the course of that bonkers season). But, her fans' love carried her right into the one and only Bachelor in Paradise, a.k.a. more drama and hookups than The Bachelor and Bachelorette combined. She's still adored on and off the show, and she actually may be vibing with someone/s really special. If you're as intrigued by her as I am, here's a few things to know.
Her career? Just being Hannah.
Godwin graduated from University Of Montevallo in 2017, where she studied Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, though she initially wanted to go to school for photography. She went on to work in social media and marketing for clothing brands, while also combining her love for modeling and photography to become an influencer.
Her Instagram following started at 78,000 followers, and is up to one million, and features modeling shots. From her website, hannahgodwin.net, where she blogs about fashion and beauty, she writes, "I consider myself to be Hannah." What does that mean? Hannah is someone "who happens to like the creative aspect of social media [and] modeling in general!"
She's got something in common with another Hannah in the Bachelor mansion.
This season of The Bachelor manages to have two Hannahs (and not a Lauren to be found!), but the two of them already had a relationship prior to the show: Hannah Godwin competed against (and lost to) Hannah Brown for the Miss Alabama 2018 title.
She's a foodie.
Her Instagram is full of pictures of her enjoying eating and of her plates of food.
People really wanted her to be The Bachelorette.
From the moment Godwin stepped foot on screen, the audience fell in love with her almost as quickly as Underwood did.
"You reminded me a lot of home when we sat and had our conversation," Underwood told Godwin when he was going to give her the First Impression Rose. He continued, "And while you were nervous, I was too. Still am, a little bit...you sort of owned the nervousness, you owned your imperfections and it was so nice and so refreshing to see and to hear. It's just so easy and so much fun and it's so enjoyable to be around you. Your energy instantly lifts me up."
Her response: "This means seriously the world to me. This validates everything." Which may be the reason that people are rooting for her to go all the way—or if not all the way, they definitely want her to lead next season as The Bachelorette. See this tweet from Nick Viall's runner-up, Raven Gates:
I’m calling it now. If Hannah Godwin doesn’t win... she will be the next bachelorette. #thebachelorJanuary 8, 2019
Sadly, Hannah lost out to the other Hannah (Brown), but that doesn't mean she's all out of luck, because...
Hannah's living it up in Paradise.
So far, lots of people have been after Hannah: Wills Reid (although she politely declined him), Blake Horstmann (Blake, just pick someone and STICK to that person already), and Dylan. This is Dylan, in case you're behind on episodes:
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And the relationship has been REAL cute to watch. Dylan's said she's way out of his league, seems hopelessly devoted to her—has he even looked at another woman since he got here?—and there are rumblings from spoilery sources that their time on the show isn't over yet. Previews show them making out with reckless abandon, so that's not really a spoiler. I gotta say, I'm 'shipping these two, hard. Whatever happens, we're rooting for you, Hannah! But if you're feeling particularly spoilery, go here to read everything we know about this BiP season.
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Amanda Mitchell is a writer and podcaster with bylines at Marie Claire, OprahMag, Allure, Byrdie, Stylecaster, Bon Appetit, and more. Her work exists at the apex of beauty, pop culture, and absurdity. A human Funfetti cake, she watches too much television, and her favorite season is awards season. You can read more of her work at amandaelizabethmitchell.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @lochnessmanda.
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