Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey Talks TV Drama, Business of Fashion

Model, mother and entrepreneur means business when expanding her brand

Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey (Image: Bravo TV)

Many may know her as the diva sidekick to NeNe Leakes on Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. But Cynthia Bailey has been making fashion industry boss moves for more than two decades, with a self-made brand that goes beyond international catwalks and onscreen catfights.

From the covers of Essence magazine and pages of Vogue, to national campaigns with companies including Maybelline and Target, Bailey has amassed a portfolio that makes for a bankable brand in an industry where one can be “hot” today and “not” tomorrow. A wife and mother, Bailey juggles several roles, and added one more this season on Real Houswives: entrepreneur, launching The Bailey Agency School of Fashion.

As the season came to a close and the ladies reunited for a heated recap last night, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Bailey to talk reality TV drama, how it’s affected her brand and why beauty — and brains — can be assets for women in business.

(Produced by Janell Hazelwood; Videography and editing by Melissa Johnson)