As shown on Monday night's The Bachelorepisode, Victoria F. won a group date after showing the most personality and appearing the most connected to Peter during a sexy swimwear photo shoot at a waterfall in Costa Rica.
For winning the date, Victoria F. was able to pose solo with Peter for a photo that would grace the cover of Cosmopolitan's March digital issue.
However, Cosmo editor-in-chief Jessica Pels posted "a letter from the editor" on Cosmopolitan's website late Monday night, explaining why that's no longer going to happen.
"As you probably know, the details about upcoming plot points onThe Bachelor are as closely guarded as nuclear codes. When my team and I flew down to Costa Rica for our challenge, we weren't told who our models were going to be. We didn't even meet them until we were all on camera on-set, ready to start our shoot," Jessica wrote.
"So when it came time for me to choose the winner of the challenge -- whose prize was a digital cover of Cosmo -- all I knew about the contestants were their first names and the energy they conveyed through the camera lens."
Jessica continued, "It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I found out that the woman I'd chosen had, in her past, modeled in an ad campaign wearing White Lives Matter attire," referring to Victoria F.
Last month, The Bachelor viewers had noticed Victoria F.'s old Instagram postings included photos which showed her modeling "Marlin Lives Matter" merchandise created by White Marlin Marina, a Maryland marina.
The merchandise promoted conservation awareness of marlin fish in 2016, USA Today reported, and featured T-shirts that read "White Lives Matter" for white marlin and "Blue Lives Matter" for blue marlin.
Jessica touched on this in her letter, writing, "(It's been reported that what she modeled for was actually a Marlin Lives Matter organization focused on preventing white and blue marlin from being overfished, which used 'white lives matter' and 'blue lives matter' messaging on its promotional shirts and hats. In my view, the nature of the organization is neither here nor there -- both phrases and the belief systems they represent are rooted in racism and therefore problematic.)"
Although the designer of the T-shirts, George Lamplugh, told USA Today he had no intention of spurring controversy, the merchandise did just that.
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Jessica pointed out in her letter, "Unequivocally, the White Lives Matter movement does not reflect the values of the Cosmo brand."
She therefore revealed, "We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and any cause that fights to end injustices for people of color. My team and I had many long discussions about how we wanted to address this issue."
"We'd already printed the fashion shoot in our March issue, complete with an inset of the cover, and of course the episode had already been filmed. Ultimately what felt right was choosing not to publish the digital cover on our website or social feeds, and simply being honest with you, the audience we respect, about what happened and where we stand," Jessica concluded.
ABC reportedly did not immediately respond when requested for a comment, and Victoria F. has yet to speak out publicly on the matter.
This isn't the first scandal Victoria F. has been involved in on The Bachelor's 24th season so far.
The bachelorette dated country singer Chase Rice before appearing on The Bachelor, and Chase performed on her one-on-one date with Peter at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, unbeknownst to both of them.