Cue the dramatic music, because Jessenia Cruz has to endure the long-feared bachelor’s two-on-one date. After a relatively low-key season as a contestant in Matt James’ season, the 27-year-old social media marketing manager will face MJ Snyder ahead of the week 6 rose ceremony. Despite MJ’s insistence that she “preach harmony and peace,” the final episode ended with the 23-year-old hairdresser beating a far quieter Jessenia when Matt walked into the room.
The confrontation between Jessenia and MJ is based on allegations of bullying, which include MJ’s use of “Varsity” and “JV” in describing the new and original women in Season 25 Bachelor’s degree. While Jessenia’s fate remains to be seen in The Bachelor, her presence on social media has remained well-lit and drama-free. She returned to her home base in San Antonio, Texas, and often sits artfully outside, doing photo shoots or playing with her dog, Bexie.
Most of Jessenia’s captions are kept short and sweet, much like her assessment of the three MJ personalities. (“Who you are in the house, who you are with Matt, and who you are when the cameras are on.”) A shot of yourself in an orange dress near something green on January 13th came with a “tangerine Dreams 🍊☁️ “. Caption, while a close-up picture of Jessenia in a Western-inspired outfit reads, “That was fun.” Jessenia even teased her time at The Bachelor with a New Year’s Eve meme. “2020 was a challenge for all of us, but I like to think that things can only go on from here. I wish everyone a happy (and healthy) new year. ♥ ️,” she wrote next to a photo of herself like her The bachelor stepped out of the limo on the first evening.
Jessenia’s social media finesse is no accident. After being crowned Miss El Paso in 2016, this pageant professional took advantage of her bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. According to her LinkedIn page, Jessenia is currently the sole proprietor of a social media marketing company in San Antonio.
Given the Instagram influencer fame of many past Bachelor candidates, her gram skills will come in handy as she continues to grow her online presence. And – who knows – Jessenia could swap the Texas heat for a tropical beach in Mexico when Bachelor in Paradise premieres next summer.