Born in the UK, Chantelle Fraser is not only the newest cast member on “Blood, Sweat and Heels,” she’s also an entrepreneur and graduate from the London School of Economics. In 2006, Chantelle founded Flawless NYC, a successful promotional company that is the go-to agency for booking entertainment and talent for high-end events and prestigious brands.
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Chantelle about her company, family and role on “Blood, Sweat and Heels.”
1) What made you decide to join a reality show?
“I feel it was my destiny. Friends and colleagues had always told me I should be on reality tv because of my personality and unique business. When the opportunity arose, I thought it was a great way to give more exposure to my business (FlawlessNYC). And the actual idea of being so exposed (on TV) terrified me, if fear was the only thing stopping me then I definitely had to do it. Fear is the number one sabotage to success so if that’s my only excuse not to do something then I have to do it.”
2) Prior to joining the cast, had you watched the show before?
“Yes, Geneva is a friend of mine. I didn’t watch all episodes but I did watch the Hamptons showdown. That was really exciting. I watched and enjoyed it.”
3) Since joining the show, what has been the most unexpected challenge you’ve faced as a cast member?
“Dealing with the cast in general. We all have very different strong personalities. I’m not too sensitive but some of the other cast members are VERY VERY sensitive. Having to manage that also with my humor as well, my humor is quintessentially British, quite deadpan. Therefore, if you’re use to British culture and British humor it’s not that alien. But some of the other cast members just didn’t get it. It definitely caused a rift.”
4) Speaking of sensitive cast members. Did the argument with Arzo Anwar surprise you?
“Yes, I was surprised she took it so far and went on such a tirade about it. She called me numerous names. She called me Shanaynay (‘Martin’ show character). She called me a chihuahua…says I lack style even though I was wearing a Roland Mouret dress (Victoria Beckham favorite). She even goes as far as calling me a Jamaican Mongoose even though I was born and raised in England. To me that was water off a duck’s back. So it was surprising to me she has no problem dishing insults but clearly when it comes to taking them she has a problem with it. I never come for anyone first but if someone tries to verbally attack me, then I will sting like a bee. I find it funny that certain people have amnesia during arguments then forget all the insults they’ve thrown and get shocked when you insult them back. I don’t know if they expect you to say something nice to them in the middle of an argument. I thought that was quite bizarre.”
5) How do you manage negative fan reactions in social media?
“I’m desanitized to it by now. Luckily, I have more positive social media mentions than negative ones so that really helps. Yes, I got some negative backlash in the scene at Demetria’s event. Clearly it looked like I was troublemaking so I can understand why some people thought I was rude or disrespectful at that point. That’s not a shock to me. But most of the negative backlash hasn’t been anything too insulting. Bottom line for me, I will never let anyone define me. I am the architect of my life. The negative naysayers can’t hurt me.”
6) What was your family’s reaction to you being on reality TV?
“They’re loving it like fried chicken! They tune into every single episode, read recaps, and read the blogs. They read your blogs by the way. My family is very free spirited and open-minded and they’re generally happy with the way I presented myself. It was important to me that I didn’t embarrass them and didn’t say or act in a vulgar way. For me the idea of talking about sex on TV is out of my comfort zone because I am aware I have family members watching. So jumping into the pool in my skivvies was a much better option than having to reveal uncomfortable aspects of my personal life. Being filmed on TV with my brother was also a precious memory. I thought he was a natural on TV. He had my family in hysterics.”
7) Do you have any parting words for your fans?
“Never let others or your circumstances define who you are. Always aim to be the best version of yourself. That’s how I always live my life and how I’ve gotten through the show.”
“Blood, Sweat and Heels” airs Sundays at 9:00 pm EDT on Bravo. Preview a sneak peek of tonight’s episode below: