The Bachelorette lead Katie Thurston is doing her part to remind fans that she isn’t trying to be someone she’s not.
Katie shared video to her Instagram Story on Wednesday, June 16 of herself responding to some unsolicited messages she’s apparently been receiving from fans offering suggestions for how the star can change her hairstyle and wardrobe.
“All right, I’m creating a new rule for myself,” the 30-year-old reality TV personality said. “Anyone who wants to message me about my part, or my fashion or lack thereof, I’m just gonna block you.”
She enjoyed a hearty laugh before clarifying that the feedback she’d received hadn’t necessarily been malicious but still wasn’t appreciated.
“I mean, I know a lot of you guys don’t have any hate about it,” Katie acknowledged. “They’re just giving me friendly suggestions, but when you get them every day, it’s just like, god damn.”
The standout from Matt James‘ recent season of The Bachelor continued, “Look, I’m just like your basic f–king girl who somehow became a Bachelorette. But you know, I’ve said it before, and I’m gonna say it again: It’s not about the wrapping paper, it’s the gift inside. And that’s what I am—a f–king gift. So this [gestures to her appearance] doesn’t matter.”
To prove she does indeed receive such messages, she then posted a screenshot to her Story of one note she recently got from a fan about her locks. “Hey love u girlie ur gorgeous but the side part [cringe emoji],” the viewer wrote. To her credit, Katie replied with apparent sarcasm, “Thank you for your feedback.”
So far on her season, which began earlier this month, Katie is definitely demonstrating that she isn’t one for putting up facades.
During her fishing one-on-one in the woods with Greg, she taught him some life lessons he probably hadn’t had much for in his native New Jersey, including how to transform a plastic bucket into a toilet. There’s nothing basic about a skill like that.