On The Bachelor, contestants will do anything to stand out from the crowd on night one. And, while some still end up blending in despite their larger-than-life limo entrances, others are hard to forget. Victoria Larson is one of them.
ICYMI: Victoria showed up to Matt James' season of The Bachelor on a throne, wearing a crown and calling herself a queen. She's already quite comfy in the villain role, taking on anyone who dares to cross her path and making enemies on-screen and off.
In fact, Victoria went on Good Morning America this morning and responded to the recent episode. "They knew me and knew my heart and knew that I really never had ill intent. So I think they hit differently, just because they know me. It was all in good fun. If my words or actions hurt anyone, like I sincerely apologize and I’ll do better and hold myself accountable. I’m not a bully, I’m really not."
And, in spite of the social media backlash and threats, Victoria's not letting all the hate get to her, according to a friend who spoke to Us Weekly. Her advice for Victoria: "It’s better to be hated than to be forgotten. It’s better to be talked about than to not be talked about."
But who is Victoria, what’s her backstory, and when does she get sent home? Here’s what you need to know.
Victoria was arrested in 2012 for shoplifting.
Before she was queen, she had a different kind of scandal. Victoria was taken to Leon County Jail in Tallahassee, Florida, for stealing more than $250 worth of food, cosmetics, and other merchandise from a local Publix grocery store, Us Weekly reported. That all went down in July 2012, and Victoria accepted a plea deal in August 2012. She got six months probation, paid hundreds of dollars in fees, and attended theft awareness classes.
Victoria was blonde in her mugshot.
Victoria is from NYC.
The self-crowned queen originally hails from New York City, but then moved to Florida, and currently resides in Los Angeles, according to her Instagram. She seems to be loving the SoCal life, but still carries a torch for Florida.
She’s an entrepreneur.
Victoria founded two companies: JetSetGlo, a mobile spray tan company, and Vikki Larson Beauty, a beauty brand. The Vikki Larson Beauty’s website features a lot of pics of Victoria, along with offers of health coaching by Victoria (for $250), a 14-day "personal health" plan for $485, and dry brush set for $32. Victoria doesn’t appear to be a registered dietitian or certified health coach, so it’s hard to know what her qualifications are for providing these services.
Victoria is really, really invested in this queen thing.
Her Bachelor bio literally lists her job as "Queen," and she even carried it over into a recent birthday celebration.
"Happy bday to me!!! The queen has arrived I love all my girls so much ♥️♥️♥️🥰🥂🎂🙏🏽 PSA we are all covid tested negative & very much aware of this tragic pandemic 😭🙏🏽," she captioned Instagram pics of herself wearing a crown while hanging out with her friends.
After The Bachelor premiere, she also shared a photo of herself with this caption: "Think like a queen, a queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness- Oprah👑🥂."
She has a “big personality.”
Ya think? "Victoria knows she has a big personality and needs a strong man who can keep up but who won't be controlling in any way, shape, or form," her Bachelor bio reads.
There’s also this: "Victoria truly has no filter, which she loves about herself, and plans to be very forward in her pursuit of Matt. This girl knows what she wants, and good luck to anyone who tries to stop her!"
She competed in the Miss California USA pageant last year.
Victoria shared a video last year of herself working the stage at the pageant. In it, she wears a high-necked black dress and walks around the stage for the judges.
Victoria also said in a separate post that, if she should become Miss California USA, she would advocate for stricter pharmaceutical laws, writing, "I am so excited for Miss California USA and my platform of lobbying for stricter pharmaceutical laws after struggling with Adderall addiction in my life."
(Note: She didn’t win.)
So, how long will she be on The Bachelor? (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.)
Reality Steve finally shared the winner of Matt's season, and it's not Victoria. As for her 15 minutes of Bachelor fame, it's coming to an end soon. "I’m pretty sure she’s gone at the next rose ceremony," he wrote in a new blog post. "If not the next one, then the one after. She doesn’t have much time left. So that’s a good thing."
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