Hi, my name is Sara, and I'm addicted to Bachelorette contestants' Instagram accounts. I've been told that it's weird and kind of a problem that I get a rush from stalking strangers' photos. But, the way I see it, it's only a problem if they come to me and tell me to stop, so I'm going to keep doing it until Ben Z. shows up on my doorstep to voice his complaints. But, this isn't about my future with Ben Z. This is about another Ben entirely: Ben H., of course! While he may be the contestant with perhaps the least camera time of all of the contestants despite the fact that he's made it to the Fantasy Suites and is definitely a huge contender for Kaitlyn's heart, we can still learn a lot about Ben H. from his Instagram. See, aren't you all glad that I have a stranger-stalking problem now? Also, does all of my talk about stranger-stalking make it more likely that I'll wind up on some CIA watch list? Please advise. [UPDATE: According to E! Online, Ben H. has been selected as the 2016 Bachelor.]
You might be surprised to learn (or, you know, not) that Ben H. appears to only have created his Instagram to coincide with his time on The Bachelorette, which makes me think that a healthy social media presence is somewhere in the official producer-approved Bachelor/ette rule book. However, in his short eight weeks on the platform, he's given us quite the education on the pre-reality TV life of Benjamin Higgins, not to be confused with the curious life of Benjamin Button. Here are 13 things I learned:
1. There's A Reason He Has A Swimmer's Body
Is that creepy to say about a photo of a little kid even though that little kid grew up to be a total hunkosaur?
2. Speaking Of Which, He Was A Sassy Little Kid
3. He Loved That Barn Dance With Kaitlyn As Much As It Looked Like He Did
I don't even care if Kaitlyn does or doesn't ultimately picks him, so long as he frames this photo and hangs it up in his home somewhere.
4. He And Shawn Really Enjoy Each Other
Bromance for days.
5. He's A Charitable Dude
Gotta love a guy who loves giving back.
6. He's A Sporty Gentleman
He also has some very appealing friends.
7. He Looks Exactly Like His Parents
8. He's A Little Bit Basic
Because only real #BasicBetches go for the out-the-airplane-window landscape selfies.
9. Okay, Maybe More Than Just A Little Basic
I wonder which filter is his favorite?
10. He Has A Tattoo
Anyone else surprised by this? I'm not mad at it, but I'm surprised. Also, I forgot what I was talking about, because abs. Who am I even?
11. He Has A Delightful Sense Of Humor
The most difficult game of Hot or Not ever invented.
12. He Really Enjoys Fish
You've got to kiss a lot of fish to find your princess. Or something like that.
13. He's Always Had The Cutest Smile
Presented without any further comment.
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