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5 Things To Know About ‘Selling Sunset’’s Chelsea Lazkani

Meet Selling Sunset's newest arrival.

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Chelsea Lazkani is the latest addition to the popular Netflix reality series Selling Sunset. The British-Nigerian boss made her debut on season five of the show which is about the luxury real estate market in Los Angeles and the people who sell it. She quickly became a fan favorite due to her captivating fashions and bubbly personality, but Selling Sunset’s newest star also wants to open doors for other Black women.


In an interview with Tudum, the 29-year-old realtor said, “My main goal in all of this is to inspire other women, give access to other women, support and help other Black women — who were me — get into living their best life. It’s not just in real estate, it’s in anything they choose to do.”

“Representation is so important. When I decided to get my license, I was looking for somebody that was killing it in real estate. I found so many role models, but none of them were Black girls. I was like, ‘Damn, that sucks.’ When you don’t have your role model, you become your role model — and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Here are five things to know about Chelsea.

Chelsea is a wife and mother.

Chelsea is married to businessman Jeff Lazkani whom she said on the show that she met shortly after moving to the United States. The couple shares two children, Maddox and Melia, and live in Manhattan Beach, CA.

The stylish realtor took a break from real estate after having her kids but decided to go back into the industry. She met Jason Oppenheim who is the co-owner of The Oppenheim Group along with his twin brother Brett through her husband and later joined the brokerage after impressing the owners.

Chelsea’s British accent is real.

Selling Sunset fans had a bone to pick with Chelsea over her British accent. Many fans suggested that she wasn’t British and that her accent was fake. However, the mom of two had an explanation for that.

“I’ve lived 3 countries (not 4) in 29 years,” she tweeted. “Born and raised in United Kingdom. Lived in Switzerland and now United States.”

She’s the definition of having beauty and brains.

Chelsea graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Buckingham and a Masters in Oil and Gas Economics from Scotland’s University of Dundee. However, she decided to take her talents to Los Angeles and conquer the luxury real estate market.

According to her bio on The Oppenheim Group’s website, she made over $10 million in sales in her first year as a realtor in the bustling city. Her mom worked as the Chief People Officer at Emerson and her dad is an architect and property developer, and both parents serve as an inspiration for her.

Chelsea has an affinity for fashion.

Every time the British babe appeared on screen, she was 'designer'-ed down. Chelsea, who has referred to herself as “Black Barbie” made an entrance in a Balmain green dress and blazer and later we saw her strut down Sunset Blvd alongside her co-star Christine Quinn in a Louis Vuttion trench coach that was a head-turner. Chelsea explained her love for fashion in the Tudum interview. “Fashion’s always been my creative outlet, but more than anything it’s been really important for me to redefine what it means to be a boss lady and not have to wear tailored black pants and a shirt,” she said.

“You can be intelligent, you can be smart, you can be quirky, and you can wear colorful and even slightly revealing clothing. It doesn’t take away from your professionalism or how great you are at what you do. I just really want to go out there with my fashion to show people that you can wear whatever you like.”

She’s not for the drama and is getting along with everyone.

If you’ve been watching the new season, then you know that Chelsea isn’t about the drama, and in an interview with PEOPLE, she revealed that she has formed friendships with nearly everyone on the cast. "I just adore Christine. We have such a great relationship," she said. While Christine is portrayed as the show’s villain, the realtor introduced her to the brokerage.

"Emma and I have a very special connection. I think the world of Chrishell. To be honest with you, I just have a budding relationship with all the girls. I'm still getting to know some of them, but I didn't know them before the show."

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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