Christine Quinn was “badly hurt” when a “major fashion house” refused to let her take part in their runway show because of her reality TV background.
The ‘Selling Sunset’ star’s ‘biggest passion’ is fashion and she recalled being devastated by the snub – only to have the last laugh when she wore the unnamed label during a major magazine photo shoot last year.
She said: “Fashion is my biggest passion. I live and breathe fashion. I feel like coming from reality TV, I had to work even harder to be taken seriously.
“I remember two years ago, during Fashion Week, a big fashion house turned me down because they said, ‘We don’t work with reality stars.’ It hurt a lot because I was a big fan of the brand. “
Referring to her photo shoot for Sunday Times Style – for which she wore labels including Versace, Dolce Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Michael Kors Collection, Gauge81, Wolford and Carven – she added: “Fast forward to the cover of The Sunday Times Style. , and the photo they chose for the cover of me was from the same fashion house that had previously rejected my participation. Shortly after the cover was published, they posted the photo on their Instagram.”
Christine feels that fashion houses have changed their attitude towards her recently because they respect the way she works “extremely hard”.
She added to Grazia USA: “Since then, I’ve embraced it with open arms because I don’t expect anything to fall into my lap. I work incredibly hard and I’m so grateful that all my years of work are finally starting to be recognized.” .
The 33-year-old star made her runway debut at the Balenciaga fashion show in Paris last month and she felt “honoured” to be part of the show, but wasn’t nervous about walking in a such a high profile event.
She said: “The Balenciaga show was a long time in the making. I work hard to hustle quietly and let my hard work show. It’s all about the element of surprise. I’ve been a Balenciaga fan for so many years. so to be Demna’s muse and to walk in his show, I felt honored but at home”.