Cynthia Bailey (43 years old) was born and raised in Alabama. She was the first African American homecoming queen of her high school and has won over 8 beauty pageants. Cynthia moved to New York when she was 18 years old to pursue a modeling career. Her very first modeling job was the cover of Essence, which was the highest selling cover in the history of the publication. Soon after Cynthia signed a 5 year contract with WILHELMINA MODELS NYC, she walked the runway in Paris and Milan for fashion week, campaigns for Maybelline, Oil of Olay and target. Cynthia moved to Atlanta, Georgia with her teen-aged daughter, Noelle, from a previous relationship.