Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey Talks Business
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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, 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)

Join the Conversation

Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.