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Emily Maynard from "The Bachelorette 2012" is the star of Season 8 of the ABC reality dating competition series.

The beautiful, sweet, young mom, who previously captured America's and Brad Womack's heart on the 15th season of "The Bachelor" in 2011, finally thought she had her happy ending. She accepted Brad's proposal and was looking forward to walking down the aisle. Unfortunately her relationship with Brad ended, along with her dream of moving to Austin with her daughter, Ricki, and starting a family. But Emily is ready for her luck to change and to bring her the love she so richly deserves. It's hard to meet men as a single mom, but Emily will have her pick of 25 bachelors when she gets a second opportunity to find love starring in "The Bachelorette" Season 8.

Emily, 25, led a tragic but fulfilling life before meeting Brad. In 2004 she became engaged to famed NASCAR driver and team owner Ricky Hendrick. Sadly Hendrick died in a plane crash in October, 2004, leaving his fiancée pregnant with their child. The apple of Emily's eye and legacy of their love, Josephine Riddick "Ricki" Hendrick was born June 29, 2005.

Instantly popular with "Bachelor" fans, Emily's strength, passion and southern charm — as a mother and as a woman — would make anyone happy to make her his wife. She found love again with Brad and, even though it didn't work out, she knows that the series can work. Among those 25 men, she is looking for someone who makes her laugh, doesn't take himself too seriously and can be her best friend. Emily is hoping that the third time is the charm.

The Morgantown, West Virginia, native who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a full-time mommy, which is something she has always wanted. Ricki, who is six years old, is a perfect blend of both her mother and father in looks and personality. Emily cherishes the unconditional love they share, which makes her smile all the time, and knows that the time they share together will serve as memories that Ricki will have forever. As busy as she is as a full-time mom, Emily finds the time to do volunteer work. Her particular interest is in helping children. She has given her time to the Hendrick Marrow program, Levine Children's Hospital, the lunch buddy program at Hidden Valley Middle School, and most recently to a jewelry class she is teaching at an underfunded middle school. Next on her list is a mission trip to Africa.

Emily feels incredibly grateful to have found her first love when she was very young, and despite not having dated a lot, knows what it's like to be truly in love. In the past seven years, she has been looking for someone with the same spark she has for life, and she believes that she will find her soul mate on "The Bachelorette."

"The Bachelor 2011"

Emily Maynard is an event planner for a children's hospital. She has two tattoos: one on her wrist and one behind her ear. If she were stranded on a desert island, Emily would bring a radio because she loves music, sunscreen — "No wrinkles!," and Diet Coke because "I drink way too many but can't get through the day without it!"

When asked if she's a little bit country or more of a city person, she says, "Growing up in West Virginia I'm pretty sure my father would have disowned me if I didn't enjoy getting dirty, but I also couldn't live without some of the luxuries of living in a city."

What's her favorite holiday? "I love the 4th of July because we always spend it on the lake with friends, family and good food." Which U.S. city is the most romantic to her? "As much as I love hot weather, Aspen is very romantic to me because after being outside all day you can sit in front of the fire." What's her worst date memory? She says, "The guy was so rude to the waitress. I went back the next day to apologize. "

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Age: ∼28 years old
Hometown: Morgantown, WV
Current Residence: Charlotte, NC

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krista says:
Emily has won my families heart already not to mention the fact she is from WV and so are we. It is nice to see somebody representing WV so well. Good Luck Emily!!
stephanie says:
i love her she is my favorite , she shows true strength and class .
tracy says:
If Brad and Emily don't end up together - she should consider Dale Earnhart Jr.. I'm sure they already know each other!
gwen says:
does anyone know why brad didnt meet any of emilys family on the home visits show?
mary says:
I think she didn't go into this open minded. maybe wanting the attnetion
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