Montreal special education teacher Vanessa Grimaldi wins The Bachelor
Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:08AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7:03PM EDT
A 29-year-old special education teacher from Montreal has won the latest season of American reality show The Bachelor.
Vanessa Grimaldi was given the final rose – along with an engagement ring – by 36-year-old Nick Viall, on the finale of Season 21 Monday night.
Grimaldi, who speaks English, French and Italian, has been a teacher at the Galilieo Adult Education in Montreal North, though she expressed she may move to the U.S. to be with her new fiancé, Viall.
Grimaldi revealed she is starting a charity called nobetteryou.org, aimed at empowering people with special needs, as well as raising awareness. One of her students will serve as an ambassador.
The season featured a visit to Montreal, where Grimaldi’s large Italian-Canadian family grilled her suitor on his intentions and their future plans.
Friends and family said when it comes to Grimaldi, what you see is what you get.
"She's so fabulous," said Anna Perisichilli.
"It wouldn't have been normal had he not chosen her because what you see on the outside, that's how she is on the inside."
Grimaldi beat out second-place contestant, 25-year-old Raven Gates.
Viall got down on one knee in the wintry wonderland of Finland to propose to a tearful Grimaldi who accepted as the season came to an end.