Newport Beach resident Kirsten Prosser doesn’t like to compare her new show on Danish television to the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” although she has the bronze skin and bling to go toe-to-toe with the blond, Botoxed women of that show.
“It’s more like a documentary,” Prosser said.
Her glamorous life as a fashion stylist in sunny Orange County is so foreign to people in her native Denmark, there’s no need for the contrived drama or cat fights of American reality television, she said.
“People here would probably find the show kind of boring,” she said.
Prosser, who owns a high-end resale clothing boutique with her husband in Corona del Mar, is Denmark’s newest reality TV star. A Danish film crew followed her around Newport Beach for three months to film 10 episodes of “Danske Hollywoodfruer,” or “Danish Hollywood Wives.” The show, which documents the lives of four glamorous Danes living in Southern California, just debuted to strong ratings on Denmark’s TV3 network.
Prosser was born in the tiny Danish town of Tarm, population 4,080. She’s lived in Sweden and Spain, but has made Newport Beach her permanent home for 10 years.
“I love it here; people are extremely friendly, it’s quiet, and the weather beats anything,” Prosser said.
During one episode of “Danske Hollywoodfruer,” Prosser helps a client get ready to walk the red carpet at the Grammy Awards. In another, Prosser travels to Las Vegas to dress a former Ford model at a posh resort.
“‘The Real Housewives’ shows are very popular and we wanted to take it a step further,” TV3 program director Anders Knave said in a written statement. “We have, therefore, looked for Danish women in Hollywood, who have married rich men and live what one would call the ideal picture of a life in luxury.”
Like Prosser, not all of the women live in Hollywood, as the title suggests.
In Denmark, Prosser’s face is plastered across billboards, busses and magazines.
“Solskin, dollars og masse af botox,” or “sunshine, dollars and lots of Botox,” a Danish headline from a magazine article on the show reads.
In one clip from the show, Prosser, who never reveals her age, professes her love of Botox, which temporarily smooths wrinkles.
The fact that Prosser and the other women on the show talk openly about plastic surgery and Botox is one of the most controversial aspects, Prosser said.
“Women in Denmark get Botox, too, but they would never talk about it openly,” she said.
Danes are more reserved than Americans, Prosser said.
In Denmark, an unwritten set of cultural rules, “Jante” law, dictate acceptable social behavior, and public displays of wealth and success are frowned upon.
“What she’s doing really turns this idea of Jante law on its head,” said Prosser’s husband of nine years, Eddie Prosser, who hopes the show will help expand their boutique, On Que Style, 2900 E. Coast Hwy., which sells designer women’s clothing, some of it from Prosser’s celebrity clients.
“People here are much more flashy, more open,” Prosser said. “I think some of it has to do with the weather.”