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Christine Quinn on Selling Sunset and being mistaken for Jeffree Starr: 'I'm like, that's fabulous'

EXCLUSIVE: Just how fabulous — or fabulously rude — is Netflix’s queen of mean? We investigate

2022-06-17

Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Provided

Ever wonder where Mean Girls’ Regina George is now? If, in 2004, she was 16, she’d be in her early 30s now… and Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn is 33. Just saying. But how fabulous — or fabulously rude — is Netflix’s queen of mean? We investigate…

What’s your response to the statement: “The Selling Sunset cast owe their showbiz careers to Christine Quinn”?

I’d say whoever said that is a genius.

We’re saying it. 5/5

Can you quote a memorable line from a) Mean Girls b) Your book, Boss Bitch c) Heather Rae Young on Selling Sunset, because we can’t

“Boo, you whore.” In my book, I quote RuPaul: “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” And then… does eating a protein bar count as a line? “Crunch”?

No words. 6/5

Have you ever been mistaken for another celebrity?

Jeffree Star. I’m like: ‘Thanks, that’s fabulous. I wish I had that ass.’

The honesty. 5/5

Are there any UK reality stars you’re partial to?

I love Gemma Collins. It’s the self-deprecating humour — not everyone can do it. I make fun of myself all the time. 

Well, Gemma kind of inspired this interview template… 5/5

Who’s your favourite drag queen?

Oh my gosh, Trixie Mattel, Scarlet Envy, Nicky Doll, Kerri Colby, Willow Pill… Katya’s probably my favourite. The quiet stealth… and she speaks so many different languages.

The list was even longer, but we had to cap it. 5/5

Pay Chrishell Stause an honest compliment…

[Turns her laptop around] I’m joking. [Thinks for 30 seconds] I’m trying to be nice, but I can’t think of anything. [Thinks for another 30 seconds] You know, she got bangs at one point. They were a vibe.

When she turned her laptop around, we got a good look at her house!

5/5

 
 
 
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How do you feel about Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill?

It’s a sick feeling. I think it’s sick.

That’s one way to put it. 5/5

Have you ever met a Christine Quinn impersonator?

Brooke Lynn Hytes, I would say, is my twin icon idol. We’ve talked on Instagram.

We’re not sure she quite understood the question, to be fair… 5/5

Have you ever ripped the label from a piece of clothing out of sheer embarrassment?

On Selling Sunset, I’ve literally worn $20 dresses, but put a blazer on and it looks a million bucks. I like mixing high and low [budget]. It’s how you wear it. Who cares about the price tag?

Deducting a point as Jessie J’s now in our heads. 4/5

Rank these pop-culture blondes: Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, Selling Sunset’s Mary Fitzgerald…

Mary who? Marilyn originated old-Hollywood glam. Dolly amped it up but has an innocence and a great sense of humour. She’s a businesswoman. They’re equal. I thought we were talking icons until the third one. 5/5

What are your top tips for handling office politics?

Assess, read the room, don’t be reactive. Wait to go in for the kill. There’s power in listening, accessing and then speaking.

A deadly serious answer. 4/5

What’s your message to people who take reality TV seriously?

Take a Xanax. It’s not your life — why are you getting stressed about it?

The Drag Race fandom could learn a lesson here. 5/5

 
 
 
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Your book is called Boss Bitch. How can we become one?

Anyone can. It’s about confidence, setting boundaries and learning how to say ‘no’ — the most important word in all languages. The book is part manifesto and part how-to. I acquired confidence over years of doors slamming in my face. 

(By the way, we also asked if she was watching the Selling Sunset reunion show and she said: “No. I have the Kardashians to keep up with.”) 4/5 

SCORE: 97% Attitude

Marilyn, Dolly, Jeffree: there’s an army of attitude-armed blonde bombshells living in Christine’s head. She should be put in a test tube and studied. Failing that, we want her as a pantomime villain by Christmas. Chrishell, she’s behind you! 

Christine's book Boss Bitch is out now.

The Attitude July/August issue is out now.