8 Life Lessons From Christine Quinn, The Scene-Stealing Star Of ‘Selling Sunset’

“Being confident doesn’t make you a bitch”

Arts & Lifestyle

12/2/2021 5:54:00 PM

“Being confident doesn’t make you a bitch,” says Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn.

“Being confident doesn’t make you a bitch”

and friends. When we speak over Zoom, she’s immediately open, and happy to talk a little trash (broadly speaking: she loves Maya, her friendship with Mary has faltered, she’s not a fan of Heather and yes, the Oppenheim twins really are 5ft 3in). It is quickly clear, though, that Quinn has much more to say.

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Here, in her own words, the self-made millionaire reveals what she’s learned about life since finding success onSelling Sunset.Being confident doesn’t make you a “bitch”“Confidence is something I was born with, but it’s also something I’ve grown to embody as life has thrown obstacles my way. Many people over the years told me ‘no’, so that gave me inner strength, which grew into this big personality that, I guess, people fell in love with. I’m grateful that people can relate to me.

“The flip side is that I’m familiar with being called a ‘bitch’ and that’s such an unfortunate thing. I love the word ‘bitch’, but it’s time to change the narrative because I’m tired. I’m tired of slut-shaming, of women being labelled bitchy when they’re confident and can speak their minds. If I were a man, doing the exact same thing, people wouldn’t question it. When people call me a bitch I simply respond, ‘Thank you’. If being a bitch means speaking your mind and being true to who you are, then being a bitch isn’t a bad thing. If someone calls me a bitch, it means I’m doing something right.” headtopics.com

Not having a formal education shouldn’t be a barrier to success“Life for me growing up in Dallas, Texas, was different. I had a mother who was extremely ill — she got cancer for the first time when she was 40 and a second time a year later, and since then has had multiple health issues. I loved theatre and I was a really goofy, funny, silly, class clown who had to drop out because I needed to be homeschooled so I could be home with my mother. It was hard because I missed the interaction of school and I had to grow up quickly.

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“Something I’ve never spoken about publicly is that I don’t have a high-school diploma [graduation certification]. I’m really insecure about it. The reason I’m sharing this now is that I want people to know that there are people out there who can’t afford education or who, like me, weren’t able to finish school. I don’t want people to think that a diploma is vital in order to be successful. It was something I wanted to forget, but I think it’s important I discuss it. You can be whoever you want to be. It doesn’t matter — everything else is frosting on the cake. We should take the pressure off young people and those who can’t get an education — for whatever reason — and tell them, ‘Hey, it will be OK.’ You don’t have to follow the same path as everyone else. There are always other options.”

Be open about fake boobs and Botox“I’m all about plastic surgery truth-bearing. It’s important in a world where there’s this facade of social media causing people to have body dysmorphia. People think that [things are] real, and it’s not. I tell people all the time: I got my boobs done, I get my lips done, tons of Botox, tons of make-up. How I look on [

Selling Sunset] is not how I look when I wake up in the morning. When it comes to the show, I don’t do my own hair. I do my own make-up because I love doing it. The full start to finish, including wardrobe, is around two-and-a-half to three hours. My glam isn’t cheap, either – $1,000 a day, if I go all out. It’s expensive to look this cheap.” headtopics.com

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Selling SunsetCourtesy NetflixYou are not always what you wear“My style has always been over the top. I consider myself a dominatrix Barbie. In season one, I wasn’t doing as well as I am now, so I was buying and returning a lot. I also didn’t have the relationships I do now with sales representatives at stores such as Gucci, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, so things have changed. I got bolder; neon green was big last year and I wore a lot of Off-White, Alexander Wang and Balenciaga.

“I went into the show wanting to be taken seriously. Even though I’m confident, I dressed in a way that I thought people would expect a realtor to look. I was a little more conservative, I covered up more. One thing I learned in season two is that [fashion] doesn’t define you. I can be a professional and sell homes, and it doesn’t matter what I wear. I became a little more myself and more vulnerable. I was portrayed in season one as a ‘one-note bitch’, so I’m doing my best to show people that I am relatable. There’s a misconception that powerful women don’t have emotions or mental-health struggles and don’t have apprehension about things. It was important that I showed more of myself and opened up.”

Helping people makes the world a better place“I was 30-years-old and I didn’t have Instagram. I’m very spiritual, I live in the moment, I love to be present in everything that I do, so I never had social media and my life was great. I knew I had to have it for the show and I wanted to give myself the chance to inspire and connect with people. At the end of 2018, I had zero followers; before season two came out, I had 84,000 followers. Now it’s grown to more than one million.

“I love being able to help people out, whether it’s real estate or confidence tips or even relationship advice. The more I can help people, the better it makes me feel and the better it makes this world. Especially for women. If I can help women out, even a little bit, I’m all for it. One negative aspect of having social media is people saying hurtful things. I realise they don’t know me, but sometimes it gets to me and it’s hard to not take it personally.” headtopics.com

Celebrate being ballsy“I am really tough, really ballsy in business. Given the way I dress and that I talk about my vagina, I thought I’d never be hired as a real-estate agent. I didn’t care because the show is so fun, but I was surprised because I started to get calls from people saying, ‘I like the way you are, I like the way you talk to people.’ So it was another lesson that being yourself is always the best way.”

Build your own financial independence“Don’t wait for a knight in shining armour, build your own castle. I knew I wanted to meet a rich husband, but first I wanted to be my own rich husband. I wanted to work hard, be independently wealthy and be a self-made millionaire — which I did.

“I made my first million from property and investments. I was doing a little acting and some modelling and I started investing in the stock markets when I was 23. I would put a little bit away and at around 26 when I started making money, I really went all in. I had some good outcomes from some investments I’d made. Once I was financially secure, I was ready to meet someone on my own level. It’s so important to have your own foundation first. You can have a rich husband

andmake your own money, too.”The future is uncertain, but there’s hope“Covid-19 has been an interesting, weird thing. People aren’t so confident with money, they don’t want to buy and sell properties as much and inventory has been really low. We’re not sure where it’s going to go, but I know people still need homes, it’s an essential business. I’m cautiously hopeful.

“Real estate will always be a part of my life because it’s something I love and it’s something you can do under your own steam. I’m starting a new business of my own — the details are to be confirmed because I’m working on my branding, visual and verbal identity. Inclusivity and diversity are important to me, so I want to work on all of those aspects that come with having a company before I throw something into the world. Having kids in a year or so would be amazing — imagine little Christines running around? But all in due time. A spin-off solo show would be a great idea. I’m so tired of sharing screen time with those five other bitches — I’m done. Give me my own show already!”

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