Supermodel Cynthia is back for another ride of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" with her daughter, Noelle, and husband, Peter by her side. As a working model who is still in high demand, Cynthia uses her expertise to educate the next generation. From the opening of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, Cynthia continues to seek out and inspire Atlanta’s most promising talent, through educating them about the industry and helping foster connections in the fashion world. Cynthia and Peter recently celebrated their three-year anniversary, and despite the wedding drama and the naysayers, their union continues to grow strong. As thriving entrepreneurs, they are faced daily with the struggle to maintain balance with work, their relationship, and family and have parlayed this knowledge into a new book they wrote together titled, Carry On Baggage, which is available on Amazon.com. The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season Premiere is this Sunday Nov 3 8/7c only on Bravo! Read my full interview with Cynthia below to get some of the scoop from the drama-filled season:
Examiner: How are you?
Cynthia Bailey: “I am doing wonderful!”
Examiner: How are you feeling about the new season of Housewives of Atlanta?
Cynthia Bailey: “I am feeling pretty excited about it, I think that this is going to be an amazing season. It is very unpredictable; everyone has a lot going on, and a lot of drama!”
Examiner: Wendy Williams recently made a comment to the effect that this should be the last season of Housewives of Atlanta, how do you respond to that?
Cynthia Bailey: “She needs to watch this season first, to rethink what she just said! We are not the same people anymore, I’m not the same person I was four years ago and the same goes for everyone else on the show…we evolve with the show. I think that our stories grow and they become stronger as we evolve.”
Examiner: What was one of your favorite moments from NeNe’s wedding?
Cynthia Bailey: “I really enjoyed the moment when Gregg finally gave NeNe the prenup…I loved when her younger son had a breakdown and Gregg was holding him at the altar…I also enjoyed the moment with her and Kim, she seemed really genuine and that was really nice to see.”
Examiner: Congratulations on the expansion of The Bailey Agency and moving to Industry Studios, and can you explain how the move came about?
Cynthia Bailey: “We just celebrated three years at The Bailey Agency being in business, and when I initially opened my school, I got my little space and we really outgrew the space. Peter had already started with Industry and it just made sense for us to join in and make The Bailey Agency apart of Industry.”
Examiner: So, is it safe to say that Peter is now your landlord?
Cynthia Bailey: “He is my husband and my landlord (laughs), it is not the most ideal situation, but it does have its advantages…Let’s just say if I’m late on my rent, I can pay in other ways (laughs).”
Examiner: Kenya made a surprise visit to The Bailey Agency, how surprised were you to see her for the first time since last season?
Cynthia Bailey: “I was very surprised, I haven’t seen her since the reunion show, and I had no idea that she was coming. She and I texted a little bit over the summer, and when she came by I wasn’t expecting it, she just came out of nowhere…She just twirled in (laughs).”
Examiner: This season Porsha is going down an emotional path with her divorce from Kordell, how have you guys stepped in and supported her?
Cynthia Bailey: “I’m kind of still building a relationship with her, I kind of respond to people the way that I would want people to respond to me. I think if it was me in her shoes, I would need a minute; I would not want the girls to show up on my door the next day. I would need to go through my stuff first, I tried to give her space, but I did reach out and told her that I am available if she needed anything.”
Examiner: Kenya also was very upset that no one reached out to her in regards to her “eviction” why do you think Kenya thinks that the girls should reach out to her?
Cynthia Bailey: “I don’t believe everything that I read on the blogs, there have been untrue stories about me on the blogs, and she has never called me! If she was going through some eviction, and she needed a place to stay then I would have hoped she would have called me, but I don’t like to call people when its bad news like that.”
Examiner: You have a lot of things going on, you and Peter recently released a book about your marriage, you have a new doll coming out, and you were on “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” how are you doing it all?
Cynthia Bailey: “Well first let’s talk about the book, Peter and I did a relationship book together because we got married on the show and we were going through a lot, and we received a lot of criticism about our relationship…However, the viewers only see small snippets of our lives on the show, so the book was a great opportunity to give the viewers our back-story and set the record straight, how did we meet, how I ended up in Atlanta, and how I ended up on the show…I go into those details and more in the book, and it was from both of our perspectives, and to be honest it was quite therapeutic for us, as we still have healing to do from our drama. In regards to the Cynthia Bailey Doll, I was inspired to create this doll from my work with my school and my students; I have students from the age of 5 and up. I grew up playing with dolls, and I never had a fly Cynthia Bailey Doll with a cool little afro, I had a white doll with blonde hair, which I didn’t relate to. Me doing this doll was a way for me to celebrate girl empowerment! I think the doll is positive, and it is another way to inspire young girls and I thought the afro made a big statement (laughs).”
Examiner: What are the viewers going to see in your storyline this season?
Cynthia Bailey: “They are going to see me taking care of my business, I am very focused on my school, but at the same time I had to refocus on my health this season; I am of a certain age, and I did have some health issues, and coming from the fashion industry people noticed when I started to gain some weight, but that will all play out this season. As a result, I have learned to take better care of myself…I can’t build all these empires and be sick! I am owning my 46, and I know that things don’t work the same like they did when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. The viewers will also get to see me daughter, who is now entering high school, she’s in a great school, she’s happy, and she is starting to like boys and boys like her (laughs) and me being a non-traditional type lady, the way I handled that situation, I may get a little heat from some of the viewers, but I don’t think anyone can tell anyone how to raise their children.”