Christine Quinn, the 33-year-old real estate mogul and Selling Sunset starlet, is brimming with advice. After five seasons of selling luxe Los Angeles homes on behalf of the now infamous Oppenheimer brothers on Netflix’s faux-reality show, the Dallas native—known for stirring drama and serving haute couture fashion moments—has emerged as one of the most divisive characters in reality TV history. Now, she’s decided to let followers in on the secrets to her success. How to be a Boss B*tch, out this week, is Quinn’s new memoir-self help manifesto focused on teaching others—haters included—how to live a life of uncompromising glamour. Ahead of her appearance on Watch What Happens Live! tonight, Quinn called us from her Paris hotel room during the first stop on her book tour. Here, Quinn shares her thoughts on sugar daddies, lying on resumes, and Selling Sunset, of course.
ERNESTO MACIAS: What are the next steps on your book tour?
CHRISTINE QUINN: I’m starting in Paris, then New York, Dallas, and L.A. then I’m starting all over again. [Laughs] It’s pretty wild, but I’m so excited. It’s going to be a whirlwind.
MACIAS: You’re known for extravagant events. What can people expect at your book tour stops?
QUINN: People will expect me to show up in the most glam attire with a live zebra on a leash or something, but that’s not the case. I’m going to be casual at these events, I want to meet people and engage with them and have a fun time. I have so many fans that I talk to on a daily basis, so it’s nice to be able to give everyone a big hug, take photos, and talk one on one. I really hope that people love the book. I know they will.
MACIAS: Tell us about your journey to finding your personal style.
QUINN: I didn’t always feel comfortable with my body. As a kid I was really gangly and skinny—I looked like a daddy long legs. I grew up watching my idols on TV, like Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, and Jean Russell. I felt like them on the inside, but not when I looked in the mirror. I had to make choices that made me feel more like that person. I’m completely transparent about getting breast augmentation, Botox, filler, all of that—it helped me become the person I am on the inside on the outside. This book is meant to help people become the most authentic version of themselves. I’m finally in a position where I’m happy when I look in the mirror, and I want that for everyone.
MACIAS: This is a self-help book. What can we learn from Christine?
QUINN: My book is really interactive. I have quizzes, calls to action, and it’s really engaging throughout. Every life lesson is shared through my trials and tribulations, my triumphs—everything. I wanted people to be able to walk into a bookstore not knowing who I am, and read the title and say, “You know what? I want that unapologetic life that I deserve.” It wasn’t always the glossy, fabulous life that you see now. I wanted people to know my background, my education, and that I’m not perfect. I lied on resumes, and I hate that we live in that world where, in order to get a job, you have to have a specific kind of experience. I talk about how to get creative with these things—you see me do it in the show all the time. I always say that it’s not about the house, it’s about marketing. I really hope that resonates with people.
MACIAS: Have you thought about going back and finishing your education?
QUINN: That would go against everything I believe in. People don’t need to go to a fancy school to accomplish their dreams. I have this street smarta and this hustle that cannot be taught at MIT, Harvard, or Yale. No master’s degree in the world can make up for the experiences that I’ve had throughout my life.
MACIAS: You discuss your sugar baby relationships in the book. What stigmas have you encountered when discussing those relationships?
QUINN: There’s a huge stigma. It’s two consenting adults, and women are so ashamed of that. I want women, and everyone, to use their platform, their sexuality, their whatever, to express themselves. Even OnlyFans—if that’s something you want to do, why should you be shamed of that? When we were writing the book, I was advised not to talk about it. But I say what I want to say, and there’s absolutely no shame in it at all. I was in a relationship with a wonderful man who was great to me, but I learned along the way that I didn’t want to be a housewife. I mean, a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, maybe— but that life took away my freedom. So I’m trying to educate people on how to do it right—if you’re gonna settle down like that, make sure you have your own side hustle. I had to build my kingdom before my prince came to me. I was doing really well in real estate, I was on a television show, and that’s when he came to me. It’s my belief that it’s just as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is with a poor man. So, why not go rich?
MACIAS: Period. I love that.
QUINN: My grandma told that me that. She was the most fabulous woman, my mom as well.
MACIAS: Speaking of television shows, we want to see you on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills…
QUINN: [Laughs] I am friends with quite a few of them—Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais, Erica Jayne. I think they’re powerful in their own right. I love an ensemble cast, I really do, but I really see myself in a show about me and the people in my life.
MACIAS: Any thoughts on the Selling Sunset reunion?
QUINN: I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t watched the reunion. I think Tan France did an amazing job, he really carried it. But beyond that, it looked like a snooze fest—it felt like me taking Ambien and drinking three glasses of champagne on a Tuesday night. That’s just my opinion.
MACIAS: And why did you choose to skip it?
QUINN: I didn’t choose to skip it. I had COVID and I wasn’t feeling well.
MACIAS: We loved seeing you and Chelsea serving looks together this season. Has that relationship blossomed?
QUINN: Oh my god, yes. She and I talk every single day. I FaceTimed her two nights ago, and we were just in bed together in our robes with no makeup, laughing hysterically. We don’t talk about Selling Sunset. Our relationship is a friendship that exists outside of the show. She’s able to separate real life from television, which I really like about her.
MACIAS: Did you have a favorite look this season?
QUINN: It’s so hard to choose. I’ll speak to the overall process of getting ready for the show. I’ve understood the assignment from day one, and I think the other the girls really didn’t understand what we were getting into. I have a complete wardrobe room, and I pull looks for each week. I go with how I feel that day. Sometimes I’m feeling really sassy, sometimes cute. A lot goes into it, in addition to the two and a half hours of glam. It’s a process.
MACIAS: Do you think that Chrishell was with Jason just for the listings? Or do you think they had a real romance?
QUINN: I think Jason was really in love. I really do. I don’t talk to Chrishell, I don’t speak with her at all. We don’t see each other. I’ve probably seen her three times, because we did some assets for Netflix. I’ve never had a conversation with her, but I really believe that Jason was in love with her.
MACIAS: Do you think Mary was jealous of Chrishell and Jason?
QUINN: I don’t think Mary has a jealous bone in her body.
MACIAS: How has motherhood modified your view on life, if at all?
QUINN: I realize the things that I used to take for granted. The time we’re guaranteed on Earth, the relationships where we say, “Oh, I’ll call her tomorrow.” I had such a traumatic experience, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it, or if my baby was going to make it.
MACIAS: Is pussy power something exclusive to women? Can anyone embody pussy power?
QUINN: No. I liked the term Pussy power because of the way it rhymes. Pussy power is owning who you are. It’s the power of using what you have to get what you want—understanding your worth and what you bring to the table. I don’t actually mean the power of the literal pussy, I mean the power of an individual.
MACIAS: Can we expect to see you next season?
QUINN: I can’t promise anything, but I can guarantee that I will always be on television. I don’t know what my future holds, but I know for a fact that I don’t work at the Oppenheim Group and I terminated my contract before the reunion. I need an unedited space where I can talk about my life and the real things that I have going on.
MACIAS: One of my favorite parts of the book is when you talk about owning the word bitch. So, I was wondering if you could please call me a bitch.
QUINN: Yas bitch!
MACIAS: Thank you.