Katie's Tan Lines On 'The Bachelorette' — How Did We Get Here?

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Katie's Tan Lines On 'The Bachelorette' — How Did We Get Here?

I am no stranger to a sunburn or a tan line. Not to brag, but I used to be a star athlete — I can share some of my stats later — in community-led soccer when I was all but a tween. So I know what it means to get some pretty gnarly tan lines. (And as I've gotten older, sunburns that could fry up an egg.) We all have our fair share of summer days that have gotten the best of us, but Katie's tan lines on The Bachelorette have shaken me to my core.

When I think of The Bachelorette, I think of glamorous locations! Dates where no one eats! Ball gowns that no one is comfortable in! Cat makeup! But I do not think about our lead, the lead we're all rooting for, to show up on a date with some very serious tan lines on display. Katie is very much allowed to get tan lines — though a stronger SPF never hurts! — but to then show off those tan lines in a strapless top like you are in fourth grade and just got back from spring break in Mexico with your parents and you can't wait to show your friends how tan you got from drinking virgin piña coladas at the pool (and that one day you swam with a dolphin) by wearing a smocked sundress despite the 34 degree weather in your suburban town even though your mom made you wear your parka jacket, which you took off when you got to the bus.

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