viewers of Sell sunset they may have had to take their jaws off seeing the homes, fashions and events of the LA realty reality show — but it was the powerful women of The Oppenheim Group who kept viewers hooked. Despite being a reality show, Netflix‘s Sell sunset presents a level of glamor and luxury lifestyle that feels more like a fairytale fantasy. And the multimillion-dollar real estate listings showcased throughout the series wouldn’t make it through the doors of The O Group were it not for the powerful women it represents.
Fighting over multimillion-dollar deals in 6-inch heels, there’s no doubt that every woman in The O Group is a powerhouse. Over forty-five episodes, they juggled relationships, pregnancies, motherhood, and office politics, while looking impeccable and managing premium real estate listings. But with season six on the horizon, there are some brokers whose power is in jeopardy, and other fans expect them to stand their ground in the lion’s den of The O Group’s office.
Davina appeared in all five seasons, despite her brief hiatus from The O Group and an uneasy return in season four. The Gretchen Wieners of Christine’s Regina George, Davina came across as a sycophantic cheerleader for most of the series.
Davina’s tactlessness put her in hot water with her peers time and again, and as she struggled to defend ill-chosen words, her power wavered. When Davina posed the question, “Do any of you feel like I’m…desperately trying to be liked?” she was greeted with awkward silence. That silence spoke volumes about the transparency of her campaign to wrangle power within the group. But having found her voice in season five when she came up against Chelsea, there is hope fans can expect a more confident and powerful Davina in season six.
Drama vampire and self-proclaimed “gothic Barbie”, Christine is the queen of high fashion and low blows. A Machiavelli in Manolos, she knows exactly how to turn a glance, make an entrance and throw a party.
With a divide to rule mentality, her modus operandi was a calculated campaign of social recruitment. Christine’s cocktail of power plays was manipulative and underhanded. She played the victim when she didn’t get her way, made rude comments about her colleagues to the press and rewrote stories in front of viewers. There is no power in belittling or belittling other women, and over five seasons it became clear that Christine was never able to celebrate anyone else’s success or happiness without a portion of bitterness. Her inability to defend the surrounding women meant her power was gone by the end of season five, and she’s unlikely to rejoin the cast in season six.
Heather El Moussa
The struggle of a long-distance relationship in season one left Heather understandably distracted from her duties as a real estate agent. With a shaky grip on her emotions, she got the staging of a five-and-a-half million dollar property wrong, delaying the sale process. Further problems arose when she and Christine were unable to work together on a co-listing.
In season two, she was in a relationship with Tarek and became a stepmother. Heather gradually found a way to cope with her demanding family life, but her inability to remain calm despite Christine’s negative comments was hard to see. The catharsis when Heather calmly stood up for herself against Christine in season five came just in time, and viewers can hope Heather holds on to her power more in seasons to come.
Vanessa joined the cast in season four and quickly took on the role of peacemaker between Christine and the rest of the brokers. There was great strength in her vulnerability, and it was deeply touching to hear of the passing of her sister, to whom Vanessa dedicated her career.
In season five, Vanessa made the decision to leave LA to be with her partner. But not before doing her best to mend the burnt bridges between Christine and the rest of the office, bringing Christine to a mindset coach, and maintaining a refreshing neutrality in the office drama. Though only one season with the team, this powerful woman who had found strength from adversity certainly made a lasting impression.
Chelsea is a London-born mother of two who joined the cast in season five. She was brought in by Christine and served as an ally and much-needed confidant.
Chelsea proved herself as a force to be reckoned with professionally, bringing key offerings and clients to the company’s portfolio. Confident and outspoken, her most cut-throat power play came when she acknowledged that if she earned a desk in the office, someone would lose their job — in her words, they had to “cut the trash.” A smart move, her business acumen was powerful and impressive. It’s unclear if she’ll return, but without Christine, fans can hope she’ll see her own strength.
Emma joined The O Group in season four. Emma confidently walked into a feeding frenzy and kept herself worthy despite a rocky beginning as the target of Christine’s smear campaign.
Emma started investing in the stock market at the age of fourteen and now owns a nationwide nutrition brand, proving that she is a powerful woman with a keen sense of good business. Juggling relationships, real estate, and an empanada empire (all the while unshaken by Christine’s attempts to take her down) Emma was a powerful addition to the office that viewers can hope see more of in season six.
Mary, one of The O Group’s best-selling agents, is a formidable presence in the office who was rightfully promoted to director in season five. Mary, a single mother of sixteen, is a powerful woman with unparalleled confidence.
Showing off her wedding venue on her wedding day while wearing her wedding dress (and closing the sale) was the definition of a power move. Viewers also saw a heated showdown between Mary and Christine in season two. In season five, Mary had a tough and professional showdown with Christine who was strong and level-headed. The personal growth and difference in how she handled difficult situations was palpable and powerful.
Amanza joined the cast in season two. A strong single mother, Amanza came from humble beginnings and worked her way into the industry, first as an interior decorator and real estate stager.
Amanza showed tremendous strength as she coped with the sudden shift from being a co-parent to being the sole caregiver for her two young children. Amanza survived a bitter custody battle as she worked to build her real estate agent skills, admirably supporting the women around her, her children, and herself.
Juggling pregnancies, motherhood and commuting between Miami and Los Angeles, Maya is a multilingual powerhouse. Somehow Maya managed to soar above the drama of the office and maintain her neutrality.
The first indication of Maya’s power was in season one, when she put a sleazy client firmly in his place. Fantastic at her job and managing the demands of her personal life without letting it affect her business, Maya was strong, confident and inspiring. In season five, she left the real estate business to be with her family in Miami full-time, and she’s unlikely to return in future seasons.
After joining The O Group in the first episode, viewers watched Chrishell work his way to become one of the best-selling companies in the real estate industry. Her journey was genuine but empathetic, far from easy, and called upon all her reserves of strength and strength to overcome obstacles along the way.
Over five seasons, Chrishell suffered a brutal and very public divorce, bought her first home, mourned the passing of her parents, and survived a whirlwind romance with cast-mate Jason. Chrishell didn’t give a damn or apologize to himself or anyone else, and took on the office drama with dignity. As Chrishell said, “powerful women empower women,” and that energy kept her an inspiring fan favorite.
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