Cynthia Bailey, reality-superstar of Real Housewives of Atlanta, supermodel, author, entrepreneur, wife and mother has yet another new title to add to her extensive resume. What is it? She is now the face of her own signature ‘Cynthia Bailey Doll.’ Check out our exclusive interview below: (Be sure to follow our doll contest giveaway instructions at the bottom.)
How did you come up with the idea to create your own doll and how involved were you with the process of creating your signature doll? Where can we find your Cynthia doll?
The Cynthia Bailey Doll was another positive way to inspire and empower the young girls who attend my school, the Bailey Agency School of Fashion. I was honored when One World Doll Project approached me to create this doll, and I became very involved with the process. It was very important for me to make sure the doll was an authentic representation of me, especially the hair and the fashion! The dolls can be purchased at http://www.cynthiabaileydoll.com/ and here .
How do you stay fresh and current in all your business ventures?
As a reality TV personality I have to stay current, focused, and fresh. As a fashion and beauty brand I always want to make sure that I represent myself well. I don’t have a choice but to stay fresh!
Since, you wear so many hats as a mother, businesswoman, model, and author. Is there anything else you feel like you would like to explore or add to your list? (I could so see you having a fashion line…is that something in the works or maybe something you would invest in?)
I would love to endorse a cosmetic or skincare line. One day I would even like to have my own makeup line.
I know you and your husband recently wrote a book ‘Carrying Baggage” tell me how you both came up with the idea to write a book and what the process was like co-writing with Peter? What is the overall message with the book? Favorite chapter or quote from the book?
Carrying Baggage was an opportunity for me and Peter to tell our story – the full story and the back story. On the RHOA our fans only get to see snippets of our life – they never get the full story from watching the show. If you like us on the show then you are going to fall in love with us after reading our book! The overall message of the book is about inspiration from our story. It is not really a relationship advice book, but rather it is a book about our story and how we make it work. Hopefully people can find inspiration through our story. One thing I really love about the book is that we each get to give our own perspectives on the relationship. This is really important because we always see things differently!
I know empowerment of women is high on your list and you do a great job in providing positive energy and outlets for women. Tell me where that drive comes from? What book(s) would you suggest for women empowerment?
I have always been a positive and ambitious person. I feel it is important to surround myself around women that I can learn from and who also inspire me.
You have your Bailey Agency right now and recently moved into a new location tell me about that and how you came up with the vision for the agency?
The Bailey Agency just celebrated its 3 year anniversary! We have moved from a small location to a larger one, which now includes the Bailey Agency School of Fashion, Peter Thomas Entertainment, and Derek Blanks Photography.
How was it to live through your illness on camera do you ever have regrets about sharing that personal moment in your life? What made you want to broadcast your personal struggle with fibroid surgery to the world?
I am so glad that I made the choice to talk about my fibroids on camera. So many African American women suffer from it, yet it has always been something taboo to talk about. Hopefully by me being so open and talking about it on camera more women will be inspired to do something about their situations and stop suffering in silence.
You have flawless amazing skin what beauty tips would you give to those who want to remain youthful and have great skin?
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! And then moisturize! I exfoliate and moisturize every day and I also think makeup breaks are important – I never wear makeup if I don’t have to.
What is the one thing you want on your Santa List that is a must have?
I really want a Jo Malone Pine and Eucalyptus oversized candle and a cashmere travel throw.
What’s your New Year’s resolution or goals for the New Year 2014?
My resolution is to stay on my health and weight management program – genovive.com – because my health is everything to me, and I want to continue getting my health back on track!
I would like to get your opinion on the controversial topic of Mama Joyce and Kandi. Now we know you kind of dealt with a similar situation in the past with your sister and mother not approving of your union with Peter. What is your take on Mama Joyce and Kandi not being on speaking terms currently due to Mama Joyce not agreeing with her daughter marrying Todd?
I think that Kandi has to respectfully take control of the situation. She is a grown woman and should be allowed to marry whoever she wants. They need to sit down and talk – mother to daughter and woman to woman – and try to work it out. If Kandi wants to marry Todd then she should – and in the end her family will be there to support her. There is a mutual level of respect that both Kandi and her mother need to have for each other.
What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to know about you?
Since I was so shy growing up, I would really love to be a stand-up comedian for one night (and only one night!)
Recently, the world lost a very iconic figure and visionary in Nelson Mandela. What is something you will always remember about him and have you ever met him before?
If there were 5 people in the world that I could meet, Nelson Mandela would definitely be one of them. I was very close to meeting him years ago. When I was modeling in Africa I had an appointment set up to meet with him, but unfortunately he was very ill and needed to cancel. I really would have liked to sit down and have a conversation with him – he was truly an inspiring person and he will be missed.
Is there any tease you can spill with RHOA that may shock us in the upcoming episodes?
Just when you think the show can’t get any crazier, you’re wrong! The best is yet to come!
Contest giveaway: Tis the Season to be Jolly! We are actually giving away one Free Cynthia Bailey signature doll for the holiday season! Here are the rules to enter:
1.) Follow me on Twitter: @STYLISTAKT_COM
3.) Comment on this story and tell us why you feel you deserve to win the doll and what you like about Cynthia Bailey.