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Inside Kit Keenan’s ritzy NYC life, family and job before ‘The Bachelor’
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It’s no surprise that Kit Keenan did not have to audition for “The Bachelor.”
While tryouts for the ABC reality show typically involve a long wait at the TV studios, a photo shoot and a lengthy — and intrusive — chat about your love life with producers, the daughter of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley did not have to suffer such indignities.
“There is no way that Kit had to audition,” a TV insider told The Post, “She was approached by producers on social media.” ABC had no comment on this.
Reality contestants are sometimes scouted from Instagram or Tik Tok, but Keenan comes from the sceney West Village and has never even posted about the show before.
A friend of the family said: “We saw them in the summer out in the Hamptons and no one said anything about Kit going on ‘The Bachelor.’ We were completely shocked. It just doesn’t seem like something that she would do.”
But a second family friend told The Post that Keenan’s parents “have always trusted Kit’s judgment. She’s a smart girl and has always made good choices for herself, from early on.”
On Monday’s episode, Keenan admitted that going on the show was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” as viewers saw her tell bachelor Matt James she’s falling in love with him.
And while the end goal of the show is supposed to be marriage, Keenan is just 21 and — as she told the “Bachelor Happy Hour” — has “never been in love before. This is a fairy-tale experience that I’m being offered. Let’s see what this is all about.”
She was furious to be dubbed a “socialite” on the show, adding that it “diminished my accomplishments. I’m a senior at NYU right now. I’m studying fashion and business. I have been a small business owner since my freshman year of college.”
Another family friend said that Keenan was “devastated” by the label, adding, “She’s not some ‘Gossip Girl’ character.”
Keenan made her TV debut by stepping out of a Bentley in a $795 dress by Rowley, aptly called “The Kitty.”
As she told James: “The limo [that contestants usually show up in for the first episode] was giving me a little bit of a ride-share vibe, and I thought, ‘It’s night one, let me at least order my own car.’”
Keenan’s been a fixture on the Manhattan social scene since she was a baby; paparazzi pictures show her being toted to the launch of Madonna’s children’s book and walking the runway in her mom’s fashion shows.
She’s got her own clothing line, KIT, and gives her 205,000 Instagram followers tips on style, yoga poses and how to make the perfect eight-minute boiled egg. She also co-hosts a podcast, “Ageless,” with her mom.