Bekah Martinez resonated with the Bachelor Nation because she's young, beautiful, funny, and oh-so relatable. And what could be more relatable than wishing that Peter Kraus were the Bachelor?
Bekah did, and she's posting her The Bachelor casting photo to show just how far she was willing to go to get cast.
Her casting photo was a thirst trap ... and also reveals just how thirsty she was for Peter.
The Bachelor Nation has spent months wondering why Peter Kraus wasn't the leading man on this last season of The Bachelor.
At first, it was just disappointment, because Peter was a fan favorite and a lot of people wanted to see more of him.
(More of his face on television, we mean; simmer down)
Then it was surprise, both that he was not the Bachelor and that producers had made the seemingly random choice of Arie Luyendyk Jr.
After the world watched Arie's brutal breakup with Becca and engagement to Lauren -- they're in Iceland and probably planning their TV wedding, by the way -- many fans are more stunned than ever with the choices that producers made.
Bekah Martinez, this season's breakout star, was more surprised than anyone when producers didn't select Peter.
For proof, one need look no further than her casting photo.
Bekah shared this photo a week after the shocking finale, hearkening back to a more optimistic time.
In her captions, she roasted herself over her sideboob-sporting bid to be a contestant.
"THESE ARE THE LENGTHS MY CHEESY ASS REALLY WENT TO FOR MY BACHELOR CASTING PHOTOS."
That line is followed by three emojis that wail tearfully, lamenting Peter's absence from the role of leading man.
The now 23-year-old (she was 22 until last month)
"(This isn’t me hitting on ol’ Pete. He’s too busy cuddling with his dog and doing pull-ups or something)"
She might not be flirting with him, but it's clear that she's been checking out his Instagram page.
With good reason.
So ... no one really questions why Bekah had hoped that she'd be vying for Peter's heart.
When Bekah explained to Jimmy Kimmel exactly how she became a missing persons case, she also admitted that she had hoped that the leading man would be Peter.
She has also been outspoken, sharing with the world that, even though he's way older, she doesn't think that Arie is mature enough to get married because he's indecisive about what he really wants, and seems to reject women who voice their own opinions.
(Lauren Burnham is notoriously quiet, at least when she's on camera)
Just a week or so ago, Bekah called out Arie for DMing her after the series ended, and exposed his private messages to the world.
DMing your ex is not a great look for a guy who just publicly broke up with one woman to go back to his most recent ex.
Though Bekah is a fan favorite, her newly revealed casting photo received some hateful messages, and this one ... we just had to share.
"Thanks used prove to me Tia is right you weren't in this for anything but peter!"
"Why would you continue to go on this show & and play with a man's affections you're 22 years old and I have a feeling that's the reason why YOU left the age blank."
This commenter seems particularly fixated on Bekah's age.
"I've never seen the producers do that in all these years!"
What follows is a barely-coherent run-on sentence that we've broken into two chunks to make it slightly easier to read.
"You were a favorite of mine and I think you were a favorite of a lot of people until we seen how you backstabbed Arie he made a mistake he owned up to it he was there to find true love he found it now you belittle him for it."
That same run-on sentence continues here:
"You can see on your face you were mad when you got sent home I think this is all in anger too bad I think they need to have a 25 age limit."
An age limit of 25 is absurd. Not only would the Bachelor Nation have been deprived of its new sweetheart, but not every leading man is as old as Arie.
If Dean Unglert -- who fell from grace in the eyes of fans but more or less redeemed himself on The Bachelor: Winter Games -- were to star on The Bachelor, an age limit of 25 would make him one of the youngest people on the show.
(Deanie Babies was born in 1991, and will turn 27 next month)
No, this is just ageism. As we've seen, Bekah may be young, but she seems to have a good head on her shoulders.
After what we saw with Becca Kufrin's heartbreak, it looks like Bekah's much more willing to commit than Arie is.