“I am not a victim, I am a victor,” she told cast members in the finale episode. “And if there is one word that is going to describe the season it is resiliency. And if you were to ask yourself who was the most resilient person of the season, it was me.” Hale ultimately received eight of the final nine jury votes.
Reality stars and fans of the show alike have rallied behind Hale after her mistreatment, showing their support for her win.
“PLEASE GO VOTE FOR TAYLOR FOR AMERICA’S FAVORITE PLAYER,” Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause tweeted on Sept. 22 alongside crown and prayer hands emojis.
“All hail!” Jaida Essence Hall, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12, tweeted of Hale’s historic win. “She should be an honorary member of the melanin dynasty.”
“It is my great pleasure to pass the crown of Big Brother winner to Taylor Hale, the FIRST black female winner in Big Brother history (non-celebrity edition),” Big Brother season 23 winner Xavier Prather shared on social media. “MICHIGAN WE UP!!!”