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The Bachelorette’s Katie Thurston stars in the first promo for season 17

Katie Thurston is ready for lover after starring in her first promo as the new star of The Bachelorette.

The 30-year-old reality star reintroduces herself to Bachelor Nation in the short clip, which was released on Instagram on Sunday and will air during the evening’s Academy Awards broadcast.

Katie became a sensation on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor, though he sent her home in week six.

Back in business: Katie Thurston, 30, stars in her first promo for season 17 of The Bachelorette, released Sunday and being broadcast during the Academy Awards

The preview opens with brief footage of Katie and Matt embracing before he sends her away in an SUV after she failed to win a rose halfway through the series.

‘I don’t regret being myself,’ she says defiantly via narration. ‘I know what I deserve.’ 

She’s then shown in a lovely lavender dress with a voluminous skirt covered in sparkling flower-shaped spangles.

She also clutches a red rose to signal that all the power lies with her this time around. 

Standing up for herself: 'I don't regret being myself,' she says defiantly via narration as she embraces Bachelor Matt James. 'I know what I deserve'

Standing up for herself: ‘I don’t regret being myself,’ she says defiantly via narration as she embraces Bachelor Matt James. ‘I know what I deserve’

Rejected: Katie is shown being sent home in week six in a throwback clip

Rejected: Katie is shown being sent home in week six in a throwback clip

The boss: She's then shown in a lovely lavender dress with a voluminous skirt covered in sparkling flower-shaped spangles. She also clutches a red rose to signal that all the power lies with her this time around

The boss: She’s then shown in a lovely lavender dress with a voluminous skirt covered in sparkling flower-shaped spangles. She also clutches a red rose to signal that all the power lies with her this time around

A quick throwback clip from The Bachelor shows the bank marketing manager arguing with some of her former contestants.

‘I’m not gonna sit here and let mean girls be mean girls!’ she shouts.  

But after that unvarnished moment she reappears on a pale pink set in a brilliant white sleeveless dress with a ribbed collar and midriff.

She wears her lustrous brunette tresses in elegant waves draped over her shoulders and playfully blows gold confetti at the camera. 

Cat fight: A quick throwback clip from The Bachelor shows the bank marketing manager arguing with some of her former contestants. 'I'm not gonna sit here and let mean girls be mean girls!' she shouts

Cat fight: A quick throwback clip from The Bachelor shows the bank marketing manager arguing with some of her former contestants. ‘I’m not gonna sit here and let mean girls be mean girls!’ she shouts

Stunner: But after that unvarnished moment she reappears on a pale pink set in a brilliant white sleeveless dress with a ribbed collar and midriff

Stunner: But after that unvarnished moment she reappears on a pale pink set in a brilliant white sleeveless dress with a ribbed collar and midriff

Never giving up: In another Bachelor clip, she declares: 'I never want to stop pursuing love.' The promo is appropriately soundtracked with Selena Gomez's song Ring

Never giving up: In another Bachelor clip, she declares: ‘I never want to stop pursuing love.’ The promo is appropriately soundtracked with Selena Gomez’s song Ring

In another Bachelor clip, she declares: ‘I never want to stop pursuing love.’

The promo is appropriately soundtracked with Selena Gomez’s song Ring.

‘I am who I am and I want to meet someone who knows who they are,’ she continues via voiceover.

Katie underscores her individuality when she reappears with a ‘Be A Katie’ T-shirt atop her lavender dress. 

She ends the promo on a hopeful not by stating: ‘My person is still out there.’ 

Not changing: Katie underscores her individuality when she reappears with a 'Be A Katie' T-shirt atop her lavender dress

Not changing: Katie underscores her individuality when she reappears with a ‘Be A Katie’ T-shirt atop her lavender dress

Looking for love: She ends the promo on a hopeful not by stating: 'My person is still out there.'

Looking for love: She ends the promo on a hopeful not by stating: ‘My person is still out there.’

Shocker: Katie was a sensation from day one on Season 25 of The Bachelor after she stepped out of her limo with a vibrator in her hand

Shocker: Katie was a sensation from day one on Season 25 of The Bachelor after she stepped out of her limo with a vibrator in her hand

Katie was a sensation from day one on Season 25 of The Bachelor after she stepped out of her limo with a vibrator in her hand.

She became a fan favorite thanks to her attempts to cut down on some of the infighting among the contestants, which her ‘mean girls’ comment in the promo illustrates.

Katie was announced as the next Bachelorette on the After The Final Rose special, which also revealed season 25’s runner-up Michelle Young as the host of season 18, which will air in the fall.

‘I’m ready to find love,’ Thurston said on the special. ‘And not just the temporary kind — I’m talking forever, my husband. And I’m in a place in my life where I feel like I’m the best version of me.’

Feminist: She became a fan favorite thanks to her attempts to cut down on some of the infighting among the contestants, which her 'mean girls' comment in the promo illustrates

Feminist: She became a fan favorite thanks to her attempts to cut down on some of the infighting among the contestants, which her ‘mean girls’ comment in the promo illustrates

New blood: She was announced as the next Bachelorette on the After The Final Rose special, which also revealed season 25's runner-up Michelle Young as the host of season 18, airing in the fall

New blood: She was announced as the next Bachelorette on the After The Final Rose special, which also revealed season 25’s runner-up Michelle Young as the host of season 18, airing in the fall

Matt James eventually gave his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell, but he and the graphic designer were beset by controversy in the months after filming as viewers discovered racist social media posts allegedly made by her.

Some featured approving portrayals of her friends, who were featured in Trump-friendly MAGA hats, while other posts featured herself and others in offensive costumes.

She was also pictured in photos apparently taken from a sorority event held at a plantation.

James later broke up with Kirkconnell over the posts, though he has been vague about why he did so years after they were made.

The winner: Matt James eventually gave his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell, but he and the graphic designer were beset by controversy in the months after filming as viewers discovered racist social media posts allegedly made by her

The winner: Matt James eventually gave his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell, but he and the graphic designer were beset by controversy in the months after filming as viewers discovered racist social media posts allegedly made by her

Short-lived romance: James later broke up with Kirkconnell over the posts, though he has been vague about why he did so years after they were made

Short-lived romance: James later broke up with Kirkconnell over the posts, though he has been vague about why he did so years after they were made

Katie is already hard at work on her season, which began filming at New Mexico’s Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.

The five-star resort was completely rented out by the production, which started in early March.

There will be more changes for the series, as longtime Bachelor and Bachelorette host Chris Harrison won’t be featured for the first time.

He was forced to step down from the franchise in February following a testy interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay in which he seemed to defend Kirkconnell’s racist behavior.  

Replacing him will be the team of former Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams.

He's out: Chris Harrison won't be there this time around after being forced to step down in February for seeming to defend Kirkconnell's actions in an interview with Rachel Lindsay; seen in January 2020

He’s out: Chris Harrison won’t be there this time around after being forced to step down in February for seeming to defend Kirkconnell’s actions in an interview with Rachel Lindsay; seen in January 2020

New hosts: Replacing him will be the team of former Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe (pictured) and Tayshia Adams; seen in 2019

Surprise Bachelorette: Tayshia (pictured) took over season 16 after Clare Crawley got engaged early; seen in November 2020

New hosts: Replacing him will be the team of former Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams

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