'Bachelor' star Raven Gates reveals why she wore green to 'After the Final Rose'

FAIR WARNING: "Bachelor" spoilers ahead!

If you watched Nick Viall's (three-hour) "Bachelor" finale on Monday night, you know that Nick finally found love with Vanessa Grimaldi and said a teary goodbye to Raven Gates (don't worry, though, she's going to "Paradise"). So yes, despite Vanessa's doubts throughout the episode, when Nick got down on one knee at the end of the first two hours of the finale marathon, Vanessa said "yes" (and America breathed a sigh of relief for the two-time "Bachelor" runner-up).

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Fast forward to the "After the Final Rose" special (A.K.A. the third hour of the marathon), and per tradition, Nick had to face ex Raven before he and Vanessa debuted as a couple in public for the first time.

When Raven stepped out onto the stage, she looked as gorgeous as ever in a $170 bodycon asymmetric draped green dress -- and now we know why she chose it.

Read her statement below:


"Tonight on stage I wore green for a particular reason that's near and dear to my heart- Hoxie- The 1st Stand. Although I was unable to attend today Hoxie was celebrated at the Arkansas State Capitol for the 1955 integration of Hoxie Schools," she wrote, in part.

As "Bachelor" fans know, Raven hails from Hoxie, Arkansas -- and it's touching to see her pay homage to such a significant moment in her hometown's history.