Meet the Three Virginia Beach Women Competing On ‘The Bachelor’ This Season

The new season of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ kicks off Monday, January 3rd and three women of Virginia Beach will compete for the affections of bachelor Clayton Echard.

First up, Claire is a 28-year-old spray tanner described as “charming, outgoing and unapologetic” with a big personality.  According to, “she grew up quickly as a single mother but credits her son as her greatest achievement. Claire is ready to take a chance on finding love again without the distractions of life and work. She is looking for her soul mate – someone who is supportive and doesn’t hold her back. At home, you can find Claire at girls’ night singing along to country music, trying out a new restaurant or enjoying a bonfire. She’s also hoping for more babies in the future!”

Next, there’s Susie. The 28-year-old was named Miss Virginia 2020 is currently a wedding videographer. “What Susie finds sexy is a thoughtful man who prioritizes quality time and creating shared experiences. With Susie, loyalty is the bottom line and she needs someone she can trust to her core. Above all, she wants someone who will always be there to support and encourage her dreams no matter where those dreams take her.”

and last but certainly not least is Marlena Wesh, a former Olympian who competed for Haiti in the 2012 summer Olympics! Not only is she vice president of human resources, but she runs her own real estate company and owns several properties. “She knows who she is in this world and has worked hard for all that she has in life. When Marlena loves, she loves hard and is looking for the right partner with whom to settle down.”

We’ll be pulling for all three ladies and watching to see if anyone brings Clayton to Virginia Beach for a hometown visit.