Who is the new Bachelorette? Everything you need to know about Michelle Young

We've just arrived at Paradise but 'who is the new Bachelorette?' is already the hot topic of conversation

The Bahcelorette Michelle Young
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If you've been wondering, "Who is the new Bachelorette?" it's time to meet Michelle Young and get prepped for the next binge-worthy season of the romance reality show—because yes, we're already over the infamous Katie and Greg fight.

On August 31, ABC decided to give us a glimpse of what to expect from Young in a teaser trailer. We catch the 28-year-old Minnesota native donning a floor-length, one-shoulder ivory dress from Stanley Hudson, walking in an ornate room decked out with roses. (Of course!)

We then catch her shooting hoops and walking by empty school desks (Young is a teacher) before leaving us with, "I'm looking for someone who's going to change the world with me. I'm ready."

Bachelor Nation is also ready!

Who is the new Bachelorette? Meet Michelle Young

What better time to give fans a glimpse than during the new Bachelor in Paradise episode? Can't have too much of a good thing, right?! Take a look at the lavish sneak peek below. 

Who is Michelle Young? Bachelorette is revealed

The world will soon becomes acquainted with Young as the season 18 Bachelorette star, but she was first introduced to the franchise while participating on Matt James' season of The Bachelor. 

Although she made it quite far in the series, it wasn't far enough, as she took second place behind James' now-girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a better result this time around. 

Michelle Young: basketball star

The boys will have some competition on the basketball court! Young was on her high school basketball team and played for the women's team at Bradley University, where she made some impressive moves.

Education is still a big part of her life, as she is an elementary school teacher in Minnesota, where she had to teach during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"So proud of my fellow teachers who have continued to persevere and provide both academic and emotional stability/support for our students," Young captioned on Instagram alongside a selfie in a mask in her classroom. 

Unlike most stars in the Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise, Young is a social media newbie and only has a handful of Instagram photos, but they do give us a pretty good indication of what matters most to her: work, family, basketball...and sweets! 

When does the Bachelorette start?

The search for love will be here before you know it, folks. Young's shot at romance will hit ABC on October 19, 2021. If you can't watch the episodes as they premiere, don't sweat it: you'll be able to catch up with all the steaminess on Hulu the following day. 

In the meantime, we're going to enjoy the final moments of Paradise before we mentally prepare ourselves for a new season of The Bachelorette. Who will be watching? Bring the pumpkin spice treats, find a cozy blanket and dig into the adventure.

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.