Fans keep coming back to Netflix's reality hit Selling Sunset for three things: the drama, the mansions, and the clothes. And one of the show's regulars, Davina Potratz, has had a major style makeover in Season 3. As a full-time luxury realtor, Davina always looks polished, timeless and professional. But this season, she traded up classic pencil dresses for sequins, neon, and smokey eyes.
Christine Quinn, known on the show for her vampy designer wardrobe, claimed responsibility for Davina's transformation in a recent People interview, playfully joking "Yes, 100 percent, that was me. I take all credit. I told her, 'Listen, Davina, stop with the mom blazers. Please, let me dress you.' She started coming over to my house, and I was like, 'Here, put this on' She was like, 'I don't know, it's too sexy.' I'm like, 'Come on, just do it.'" But in a new interview with Cosmopolitan UK, Davina says the new transformation was all her own.
"Christine is my best friend. I love her and she's awesome," explains Davina. "Have I borrowed a jacket from her? Yeah. But she's definitely not styled me or given me any makeovers. She likes to take credit, but I think it's really clear that we have very different styles." She went on to say, "I might have borrowed an outfit here or there, just because she has such a fabulous closet, but she certainly did not give me a makeover."
A lot of fans wonder if there are secret hair, makeup, and wardrobe crews hiding just off set, and that's why the cast looks so enviably flawless 24/7. But according to Davina, "it really is reality...it's 100% up to us. So we all do our own hair and makeup and nails. I mean of course you can hire someone to do it for you, but then that's on you."
Davina originally understood that Selling Sunset would be a show purely about selling houses, explaining, "when I saw Season 1 and how much it showcased...the LA lifestyle, and the ladies...I really appreciated that it was really about much more than just real estate." But working full-time at The Oppenheim Group doesn't leave much extra time for primping and shopping, especially when the stars might not have known how much the show would focus on their looks.
Reflecting on her her Season 1 style, she said that at the start, "I didn't have time to even go shopping or worry about my hairstyle or anything like that. So I just, you know, tried to look nice, but I wasn't over the top with it." Davina also spoke of the full-on filming schedule, which prompted her, in later seasons, to have "probably five outfits ready at all times, because you don't know what kind of event you might be filming."
That explains, then, her gradual departure from professional midi dresses to sequinned jumpsuits. As the drama amped up, so did her style. We see her wear feathered shrugs, embellished mini dresses, jumpsuits, tea dresses, and a lot more colour in Season 3.
But does the pressure to look good all the time for filming, on top of having, you know...a "normal" job...ever get to be too much?
Says Davina, "If you mess up one time, that’s probably the shot they’re gonna use. I think a lot of us are hyper aware of that, and so we really do our best to always look good no matter what." With the sudden fame brought on by starring in a hit Netflix series, streaming during a pandemic when millions of people have been stuck at home, there's inevitably some internet trolling that comes with the territory.
"The one time that you’re like...I'm not the main focus in the scene, they might not use [that shot]. That's probably [the shot] they're going to use and maybe you didn't have your nails done, and then someone will message you on Instagram: 'your nails look terrible.' And you're like, oh my God...people will just shred you."
"Every single one of us get hate. And there's comments on Reddit and whatever, but it is what it is." Davina shared, "Christine and I get a lot of a lot of DMs from from young women that are struggling with hate." She said, "we tell them...don't give away your power. As soon as you let someone bother you, then you're giving away your power."
Before television fame, Davina worked as a model, so beauty and skincare has always been a big interest. And just recently, she released a hyaluronic acid bronzing powder and setting spray as part of her withSimplicity x Davina range. So that's the secret to everyone's sun-safe Cali glow, then? "Christina and Amanza use it, all the ladies love it," said Davina.'
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