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Hannah Brown Has Done so Much More Than Just 'DWTS' and 'The Bachelor'


If you're a Dancing with the Stars fan, then you've already welcomed newcomer Hannah Brown, who's joined the DWTS cast for its 28th season (which premiered September 16). 24-year-old Hannah will be competing with 11 other contestants for the Mirror Ball Trophy and a $345,000 cash prize. Who is Hannah up against this season? Oh, just James Van der Beek, Raw Lewis, Sean Spicer (yes, Sean Spicer), Kel Mitchell, Ray Lewis, Sailor Brinkley-Cook (who replaced her mom, Christie Brinkley, who unfortunately broke her arm during rehearsals), Kate Flannery, Lamar Odom, and more. But DWTS is only a part of former pageant star Hannah Brown's impressive CV.

What else has Hannah Brown done? First off, she was big in the world of beauty pageants.

Even before she graduated from the University of Alabama in 2017, Hannah was already competing in local beauty pageants. She started her pageantry career when she was 15 years old and placed first runner-up in Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen in 2010 and second runner-up Miss Alabama Teen USA 2011. She kept competing (although she did go on a brief hiatus for a couple years), but it wasn't until 2018 when she was crowned Miss Alabama USA. During this time, Hannah used the spotlight to really open up about mental health issues. She told her fans that she had suffered from anxiety and depression, which is why she had to take a break from the pageant world for awhile.

Hannah stated, “I am here to encourage people and to be like … hey, I’ve been there, but here I am today. … I’ve been in a dark place, but there is light in the darkness."