New Zealand makes history by having TWO Bachelorettes and not everybody's happy

The Bachelorette New Zealand has made history by having two female leads in one season - but the move hasn't been without controversy.

Fans were introduced to Dr Lesina Nakhid-Schuster, 32, last month but there was a surprise twist on Sunday's episode when Lily McManus, 22, was brought in as a younger alternative.

While some viewers welcomed the change, others said it was disappointing that Lily, who is white, had stolen the spotlight from Lesina, who is of Samoan and Trinidadian descent.

Divisive: The Bachelorette New Zealand has made history by having two female leads in one season - but the move hasn't been without controversy. Pictured: Dr Lesina Nakhid-Schuster (left) and Lily McManus (right)

Divisive: The Bachelorette New Zealand has made history by having two female leads in one season - but the move hasn't been without controversy. Pictured: Dr Lesina Nakhid-Schuster (left) and Lily McManus (right)

'Really?! Can brown girls not have anything of our own? Lesina deserves better and she deserves it all!' one person tweeted.

Another wrote: 'Lmao we thought we were going somewhere with a beautiful brown bachelorette taking centre stage for the first time. WE THOUGHT.'

A third viewer tweeted: 'I am done with #TheBacheloretteNZ. WOC [women of colour] are at a significant disadvantage on reality dating shows. There are very few WOC leading ladies on these shows.

Double trouble: Fans were introduced to Lesina, 32, last month but there was a surprise twist on Sunday's episode when Lily, 22, was brought in as a younger alternative

Double trouble: Fans were introduced to Lesina, 32, last month but there was a surprise twist on Sunday's episode when Lily, 22, was brought in as a younger alternative

'Here was a chance for us to see a smart, beautiful, accomplished WOC lead. We were represented. So what does @TVNZ do?

'They bring a WW [white woman] on. A WW who has been on three reality shows. What does that say to us WOC - that you can be hugely successful and beautiful and smart but unless you are a WW (one whose only accomplishment seems to be serial reality TV) you are not enough.' 

Meanwhile, Lesina has addressed the controversy on Instagram, reassuring a disappointed fan that 'it all works out well' for her in the end.

Lily is a franchise veteran, having been a finalist on Zac Franich's season of The Bachelor NZ in 2017 before appearing on U.S. spin-off The Bachelor Winter Games and TVNZ's Celebrity Treasure Island.

Controversy: While some fans welcomed the change, others said it was disappointing that Lily, who is white, had stolen the spotlight from Lesina, who is of Samoan and Trinidadian descent

Controversy: While some fans welcomed the change, others said it was disappointing that Lily, who is white, had stolen the spotlight from Lesina, who is of Samoan and Trinidadian descent

Not happy: 'Really?! Can brown girls not have anything of our own? Lesina deserves better and she deserves it all!' one person tweeted

Not happy: 'Really?! Can

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