Cynthia Bailey: Helping future Fashionistas
International model and cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cynthia Bailey sat down with Outlook while in Jamaica last week for the Island Child Style children's fashion show.
She entered the Paul Bogle Suite at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston wearing a full suit of denim, and a healthy glow.
At 49 years old, Bailey is a knockout beauty. She said she takes care of her skin by exfoliating daily and moisturising. She also said that outside of work, she avoids wearing make-up.
Bailey partnered with B3 Magazine for Island Child Style. One lucky mini model from the show would get the opportunity to spend a week at The Bailey Agency, which she runs, and learn more about the business of fashion and modelling. The agency also offers acting, designing and photography classes.
Bailey said she believes children who start learning about these industries from early have a better chance of success.
"You can have the height, the look and be beautiful, but then go to an agency and see other beautiful girls who have the same height as you. It is truly competitive," she said.
Bailey said that she thinks every child should take acting classes as they help to build confidence. She said she has seen some of the shiest children completely open up with a few acting classes, but urges children and parents not to expect success to happen overnight.
As a small-town girl from Alabama, she knows how hard it can be to get into modelling.
"I did not have any modelling exposure. There was no one who came from our town and modelled. But here I am. I know what it is like so I want to share that with these children and, hopefully, the entire Caribbean will become more aware of the industry's needs," she said.
Bailey shared that for her, getting involved with Island Child Style was a no-brainer, as Jamaica, being relatively small, reminds her of where she came from.
Bailey has graced the pages of Essence, Vogue and Elle.
She said that being on The Real Housewives of Atlanta is fun but has left many persons with misconceptions about her.
"What many people do not understand is that they are only seeing snippets of our lives and we have absolutely nothing to do with the editing. So, you are getting some of the information and might not see me completely," she explained.
Bailey tries to have lots of quality time with her daughter, Noelle Robinson. She admitted however that she sometimes feels guilty that she does not spend enough time with her. But, she said that the 16-year-old understands that she is working hard to secure her future.
Bailey's advice to those interested in getting into the industry? Never give up. She recalled that it took her six months to get her big break, but it felt like 12 years.
When she got the cover of Essence Magazine, it changed her career.
"If I gave up, then I would not have got that life-changing opportunity," Bailey said.