From Style Blazer
We were first introduced to Cynthia Bailey on season 3 of ”The Real Housewives of Atlanta” but she made her debut 25 years prior when she landed her first modeling gig: the cover of Essence. Cynthia’s modeling career took off from there as she landed major fashion features, walked the runways of Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks and even got a guest role on The Cosby Show. Fast forward to present day, and Cynthia has now decided to take her wealth of experience and knowledge to help aspiring models with the introduction of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion and more. We recently caught with the model and reality star to learn about her start in modeling, get her advice to aspiring models and more! Catch her and close friend Nene tonight on “I Dream of Nene: The Wedding” on Bravo at 9/8c.
Let’s talk a bit about your background! You had a very successful modeling career. How did you get started? And what was the best part of being a model?
“I have been modeling for the past 25 years. I was discovered in a beauty pageant by a model scout from Wilhelmina models in New York City who was a judge. I didn’t win or even come close to placing in the pageant, but since I was the only girl that was offered a modeling contract, I guess I did kind of win! The best part of being a model is traveling the world. I lived in Paris, Milan, London, Australia, and South Africa by the time I was 23. Having that exposure to the world changed my life, and helped make me the woman I am today. I loved learning about so many cultures firsthand, and when I am not filming “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” or working at The Bailey Agency, I travel the world. It’s my passion.”
What would be your advice to young girls who want to break into modeling?
“My advice to young model hopefuls is to go for it, but be realistic. If you are 5’2″ and want to be a runway model, it’s probably not going to happen. The Bailey Agency School Of Fashion teaches all the in’s and out’s of getting in the business. Do your research, and get educated on how the business works because the fashion industry is a business. The more knowledgable you are, the better chance you will have at success.”