Cynthia Bailey Biography
A native of Decatur, Alabama, U.S. Cynthia Bailey is an American model, reality television personality, and actress. Bailey moved to New York City at the age of 18 to pursue a modeling career.
While there, she signed a five-year contract with Wilhelmina Models and subsequently starred as a model in various magazines and advertising campaigns. She served as a runway model in Paris and Milan.
Bailey has acted in films, including Without You I’m Nothing (1990) and For Love or Money (1993) as well as on television programs, such as The Cosby Show.
Bailey joined the reality television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta in the year 2010. Bailey married Peter Thomas in 2010, and their divorce was finalized in 2017.
Cynthia Bailey Age
Bailey is 54 years old as of 2021, he was born on 19 February 1967 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, the United States as Cynthia Denise Bailey.
Cynthia Bailey Height
Bailey stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches.
Cynthia Bailey Education
Bailey enrolled in freshman-level courses at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and competed in local beauty pageants. She was the first African American homecoming queen at Deshler High School.
After winning the event, she participated in a homecoming queen pageant. Even though she did not win, she was contacted by a Wilhelmina Models talent scout. At age 18, she moved to New York City and signed a five-year contract with the modeling agency. She had raised the money for the move through part-time serve at a mall.
Cynthia Bailey Family
Bailey was born to her parents Elijah and mother, Barbara in Decatur, Alabama, and raised in Tuscumbia. Her father, Elijah, served at an auto factory and her mother, Barbara, worked at a sewing factory. Barbara was 18 when she was pregnant with Cynthia and had another daughter, Malorie, roughly a year later.
While growing up, Cynthia was inspired by her grandmother, Mae Frankie Ford, who served in a sewing factory, sold hotdogs and hamburgers, cleaned houses, and volunteered to care for an elderly woman. She described Ford as “the first female black entrepreneur in (her)life”.
Cynthia Bailey Husband, Wedding
Bailey engaged to Jayson Williams in the year 1996, and he proposed to her during a New Jersey Nets halftime show. She rejected the proposal and returned the engagement ring to him. Also turned down a marriage proposal from Russell Simmons.
Bailey had a romantic relationship with Leon Robinson, and on November 9, 1999, she gave birth to their daughter, Noelle. On 24 July 2010, Bailey married Peter Thomas, at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History; the wedding was shown on a season three episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In the year 2013, Bailey and Thomas published a book about their relationship entitled Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight.
Bailey and Thomas publicly announced their separation in the year 2016, and their divorce was finalized in March 2017. Bailey moved with her daughter to a house that she calls “Lake Bailey”.
She initially wanted an apartment, saying that she wanted “the New York City sort of lifestyle”, but producers from The Real Housewives of Atlanta convinced her to purchase a home instead.
Bailey publicly reported her relationship with Fox Sports correspondent Mike Hill in August 2018. Hill and Bailey became engaged in July 2019 and were married on October 10, 2020. Bailey said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, strict rules were implemented for the wedding, such as mandatory social distancing and face masks or face shields, to protect the 250 guests as well as deep cleaning of the Acworth, Georgia venue. However, Bailey received criticism on social media following the release of pictures and videos that showed guests not wearing masks.
Cynthia Bailey Modeling Career
Bailey starred in the year 1985 low-budget film The Dark Power and the 1989 music video for New Order’s “Round & Round”. In the year 1990, she performed Roxanne in the film Without You I’m Nothing and remained friends with its star Sandra Bernhard.
Naomi Campbell was considered for the role. Bailey appeared in the year 1990 episode of the sitcom The Cosby Show. Her audition for a role in the year 1991 film The Five Heartbeats was featured in the year 2018 documentary The Making of the Five Heartbeats.
In the year 1993, she performed a model in the film For Love or Money as well as the following year, she appeared in the music video for Heavy D’s single “Nuttin But Love” from the album of the same name. She performed a masseuse in a 1995 episode of New York Undercover.
After serving as a runway model in Paris and Milan for a year, Bailey returned to New York City and modeled for Maybelline, Oil of Olay, and Target and in magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and Vanity Fair. She starred on two Essence magazine covers in June 1995 – her first job as a model – and 1997.
The magazine’s then editor-in-chief Susan L. Taylor described Bailey as one of her favorite models. Bailey’s favorite modeling job was a Vanity Cover shot by Annie Leibovitz and featuring Iman, Beverly Johnson, Naomi Campbell, and Tyra Banks; Iman had invited Bailey to participate in the shoot.
Cynthia Bailey Net Worth
Bailey has made a great fortune from his career as a model, reality television personality, and actress. She has an estimated net worth of $2.5 Million.