It’s expensive to be Dorit Kemsley, just not quite as it is to be Erika Jayne.
“I don’t spend anywhere near that!” Dorit admits to ET after learning Erika spends $40,000 a month on her “glam,” including hair, makeup and wardrobe. Erika previously told ET that was a “low” number for most women in entertainment.
“Yeah, no,” Dorit adds. “My husband would never approve that.”
Dorit wouldn’t cough up specific numbers when it comes to her own glam budget, only admitting that what she spends depends on what she has going on each month.
“You know, I do spend money on glam, and I love it,” she says. “It’s work for us, because even outside [filming The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills], we entertain a lot, and I am in the world of fashion and we have lots of parties and events to go to, so I do spend money. But I couldn’t even put a price tag on it.”
Yes, part of the reason Dorit stepped up her glam game for season eight of RHOBH was due to the fact that she was re-entering the fashion industry after nearly a decade away from it. Tuesday night’s season finale will see the launch of her new swimwear line, Beverly Beach by Dorit. Dorit and her husband, PK, worked together on the line.
“I’m so grateful to have his expertise and his advice, and to have his shoulder,” Dorit gushes. “I think it works. I love having him a part of the business. I did it for many years without him, and I was successful at it, so it’s not a matter of whether I can or cannot do it. I just feel like it’s just better having him along for the ride.”
Beverly Beach joins the couple’s growing portfolio of businesses, which has resulted in a reported fortune of $50 million. As Dorit notes, her husband does a lot more than just manage Boy George, as seen on the Bravo series.
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“Well, he is a big entrepreneur,” she says. “I mean, we have a talent management agency … where we have a staff of people that deal with a lot of other talent ... My husband has been in so many different areas, he’s been in properties, he’s been in talent management, he’s an entrepreneur, so he’s got an interest in a lot of different areas.”
Something that sparked a lot of interest this season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was Dorit’s hair. Almost every time she showed up on camera, she sported a different hairstyle, going from super short to insanely long in between scenes.
“I have no idea what Dorit's real hair looks like,” co-star Kyle Richards remarked in the season premiere. “For all I know, she could be bald!”
“I did cut my hair before this season,” Dorit shares, adding that the shoulder-length cut seen throughout the season is her true hair length, though she does admit to adding a few pieces in to make her hair look fuller.
“I love to play in the world of fashion,” she says. “I’ve got fantastic people around me and, you know, I can and it’s fun for me.”
Dorit gives props to her “fantastic hairstylist,” Justine Marjan -- who is also a Kardashian family favorite -- with helping her to transform her look from event to event. Dorit says the super-short, bowl-like bob she sported in some episodes was all Justine’s handiwork. Justine braided up Dorit’s hair in the back and added a few short pieces to make “a little bit of magic.”
“It’s not a wig,” Dorit notes. “I’ve never worked a wig. So, it’s always my hair.”