Credit: Miss Chicago on Twitter Photo: Bachelor Season 16 Contestant Erica Uhlig

Erika Uhlig, 23, is one of the beauties vying for Ben Flajnik's heart on The Bachelor Season 16 starting January 2.

She's the reigning Miss Chicago — and before you roll your eyes, Erika says she knows people think "terrible things" about pageant girls. Erika isn't dumb. She's a law student (like our beloved Erica Rose, it must go with the name) and violinist who also started the organization Arts for Alzheimer's. It's a cause near to her heart since her grandmother had Alzheimer's before she passed away.

Another thing about pageant girls — they know how to make nice speeches and present themselves in a perfect light while fighting dirty behind the scenes with a bunch of other competitive beauties. Will that be the case with Erika on The Bachelor... or did she win her pageant because she really is beautiful inside and out?

Watch this video from the official Bachelor site  and judge for yourself. If you like spoilers, Reality Steve also shared an interesting tidbit about something Erika does this season.

Credit: Bachelor TV Photo: Video: Meet Erika Uhlig, The Bachelor Season 16’s Midwest Beauty Queen

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