Bachelor Pad’s Tenley Molzahn Dishes on Her New Show, the Possibility of Finding Love, Fashion, and Her Day Job at FIDM

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Bachelor Fan Favorite Tenley Molzahn Has a Fashionable Career at FIDM

Sometimes people will walk in and as soon as I greet them they will say something, or I’ll go on a whole tour with them and at the end they will all of a sudden ask for a picture and say, ‘We love The Bachelor!

Twenty-six year old Tenley Molzahn says that her decision to join the ABC show Bachelor Pad was a tough one to make, because her experience vying for the love of Jake Pavelka on The Bachelor was “so positive.” After consulting with family and friends and feeling confident that the audience would see her for who she is, Tenley joined the cast of 19 former Bachelor and Bachelorette stars for a chance at winning $250,000 – and a possible chance at love.

“It has truly been a blessing and a compliment that people connect with me,” says fan favorite Tenley, a former Disney dancer and performer. “I think that it may be because, as many people, I’ve lived a real life; I’ve experienced the heartbreak and loss that others have and I think people just want to see good things to come as they invest in our lives week after week.”

When not filming reality television, Tenley works in Admissions at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, where she recently taped a segment for EXTRA. “The reactions I get are so funny!” she explains. “Sometimes people will walk in and as soon as I greet them they will say something, or I’ll go on a whole tour with them and at the end they will all of a sudden ask for a picture and say, ‘We love The Bachelor!” Tenley is all too happy to greet her new fans.

The Oregon native started at FIDM in March of 2009, and says she loves working with these passionate and talented students. “I get to meet prospective students on a daily basis who have goals and dreams and I get to be a part of helping them find the way to make those come true,” she says. “My FIDM family is a huge part of why I love working here. I wouldn’t have been able to do The Bachelor or Bachelor Pad without their support.”

One of the questions that Tenley gets asked regularly is about the fashion worn on the shows. “There is a stylist, Cary Fetman, who is around for us to help in moments of need, but contestants are responsible for their own clothing, so it’s up to my personal budget,” says Tenley, known for her chic cocktail dresses and romantic style. Tenley did receive the gold dress worn in the finale episode of The Bachelor.

No one knows who will take home the $250,000 (the finale is set to film right before the finale date, September 13, 2010), and Tenley is staying quiet on the possibility of her finding love on the show. “Romance was not an element I thought was going to take place at Bachelor Pad, but again, I’m naïve,” she laughs. “There were definitely opportunities for romantic sparks to take place!”

With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design school, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.

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