Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh, my! This isn't Oz, this is The Bachelor, where costumes proliferate, especially on the first night. On last night's premiere, a contestant named Alex D. dressed as a sloth, joking that she knew Bachelor Colton Underwood liked "taking things slow." Eventually, she took the costume off, revealing that she was no sloth, just a eager-for-love woman from Boston.
Not all costumers have the same fate, though. People wear costumes on The Bachelor and Bachelorette because the stunts actually tend to work — at the very least, the costume lodges the contestant in the collective memory. All the better for the contestant to pivot into internet entrepreneurship!
Ahead, a brief history — and examination — of costumes on The Bachelor and Bachelorette.