Dubbo youth worker Taje Fowler made her television debut on Wednesday as one of 16 contestants to feature on The Bachelorette Australia 2021.
The seventh season of the reality tv show will, for the first time, see both women and men compete for the heart of 2021 bachelorette Brooke Blurton.
Ms Fowler, a 24-year-old hailing from Narromine, said being a First Nation woman herself, she saw similar values in Ms Blurton, a proud Noongar-Yamatji woman, and that attracted her to apply for the show.
"I come from the belief that everything happens for a reason, and I truly believe that this was one of those moments," Ms Fowler said.
Although, it isn't necessarily a breeze signing yourself up to be filmed for national television to be ridiculed by thousands if not millions, for Ms Fowler, the debut is both exciting and nerve-wracking.
"I think I'm definitely more nervous than [my family and friends] are, but we are all really excited," she said.
"It's not every day that someone from a small town in the bush has the chance to be on The Bachelorette, so it's all pretty surreal.
A wise woman in my life taught me to never say never; when an opportunity pops up in your life give it a red hot crack and this is exactly what I didTaje Fowler
"The experience was like nothing else I've ever done before.
"I'm so used to working in grassroots community, mostly with kids, and I am also studying at the moment, so filming a reality TV show focused on finding love was a completely new and amazing experience for me.
"A wise woman in my life taught me to never say never; when an opportunity pops up in your life give it a red hot crack and this is exactly what I did.
"Being cut off to outside distractions really gives you a perspective of who you are as a person and the important stuff of what you can bring to a relationship."
Ms Fowler said she wouldn't say the experience has changed her, but it has prompted her to realise that she has a lot in her life to be "incredibly grateful for".
Season one of The Bachelorette airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7.30pm on Channel 10 and 10play on demand.
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