In the photos of her first night as the Bachelorette, the 30-year-old Washington native shines in a stunning red gown as waits for her men to roll up in their limo. Her 34 potential suitors, who range in age from 25 to 36, were revealed in March.
Thurston is also seen in a new location, different from the Bachelor mansion in California where the show regularly films. This season is being filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The bank marketing manager from Renton, Washington, was announced as one of the next two Bachelorettes during Matt James' After the Final Rose special. The other leading lady announced was Michelle Young, whose season will air this fall.
Katie appeared on the 25th season of The Bachelor, and was known for repeatedly standing up against bullying and negativity. She became a fan favorite for her memorable arrival on night one where she introduced herself to Matt with a light-up vibrator in tow.