Cynthia Denise Bailey is a model, reality TV star, and actress from the United States. She was born and raised in Alabama. When she was 18, she moved to New York City to become a model. There, she signed a five-year contract with Wilhelmina Models and went on to be a model in a number of magazines and ads. She was a model on the runway in Paris and Milan.
Bailey has been in movies like Without You I’m Nothing (1990) and For Love or Money (1993). He has also been on TV shows like The Cosby Show. In 2010, she started appearing on the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
She tied the knot with Peter Thomas in 2010, and they got divorced in 2017. From 2018 until she left Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2021, Bailey’s relationship with sportscaster Mike Hill was a big part of the show. Continue reading the article to learn more about Cynthia Bailey’s net worth, early life, personal life, and more.
Cynthia Bailey Early life
Cynthia Denise Bailey was born in Decatur, Alabama, on February 19, 1967. She grew up in Tuscumbia. Elijah, her father worked at a car factory and Barbara, her mother, worked at a sewing factory.
Barbara was 18 when she got pregnant with her first daughter, Cynthia. About a year later, she had her second daughter, Malorie. Cynthia’s grandmother, Mae Frankie Ford, who worked in a sewing factory, sold hotdogs and hamburgers, cleaned houses and took care of an elderly woman for free, was an inspiration to her as she grew up. She said that Ford was “the first black woman business owner she had ever met in her life.”
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Bailey went to the University of Alabama in Huntsville to take freshman-level classes and competed in local beauty pageants. She was the first person of color to be crowned homecoming queen at Deshler High School.
She took part in a homecoming queen pageant after she won the event. Even though she didn’t win, a scout from Wilhelmina Models got in touch with her. She moved to New York City when she was 18 and signed a five-year contract with a modeling agency. She worked part-time at a mall to get the money she needed for the move.
What is Cynthia Bailey’s Net Worth?
Cynthia Bailey has a net worth of $2.5 million. She is a model, actress, businesswoman, and reality TV star. She is mostly known for being on the show The Real Housewives of Atlanta. At age 18, she moved to New York City to become a model.
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Soon after, she signed a five-year contract and was asked to be in magazine and ad campaigns and walk the runway at fashion shows in Paris and Milan.
Cynthia Bailey Career
Bailey moved to New York City in 1985, when new wave music was at its peak. She was in the music video for “Round and Round,” a 1989 hit by New Order. In the movie Without You I’m Nothing, which came out in 1990, she played Roxanne.
Bailey and Bernhard remained friends after filming. Bailey stayed friends with director Brett Ratner after they worked on early videos together. She was also cast in an episode of The Cosby Show in 1990. In 1994, she was in Heavy D’s music video for “Nuttin But Love.”
The cover of Essence Magazine was Bailey’s first job as a model. She was a fashion model for a year in Paris and Milan. Bailey then went back to New York City and got modeling jobs with Target, Maybelline, and Oil of Olay.
She was also in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle and Glamour magazine spreads. Essence magazine put her on the cover twice, once in June 1995 and again in 1997. She has also modeled for Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Talbots, Chicos, and Bergdorf Goodman over the years.
In 2010, Bailey became a member of the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The show contacted her because she was friends with NeNe Leakes and had a boyfriend, Peter Thomas, who owned a nightclub. She wasn’t too excited about joining the popular Bravo franchise at first.
Bailey said it was all “too dramatic.” She changed her mind when she saw it as a chance to make money. After she and Thomas moved to Atlanta, Bravo got in touch with her right away.
The network told her that they wanted to add more class to the show and feature women who had successful careers before they were cast as Real Housewives. She was added to the show in the third season, along with Phaedra Parks. The show was mostly about how she got along with Thomas and how she got along with NeNe.
In 2011, Bailey started her modeling school in Atlanta. The next year, she held a model search in a few Southern cities as part of a contest with a contract with a New York modeling agency as the top prize.
Bailey was on an episode of Cupcake Wars with Nene Leakes that featured famous people. Bailey helped judge the 65th Miss Universe competition in 2017.
In Atlanta, Bailey opened The Bailey Room and Bailey Room Wine Cellar in July 2019. Bailey’s friendship with Nene Leakes ended because of a big fuss over a party for a signature drink. Bailey recently reopened her wine cellar after it had been closed because of Covid-19.
In May 2020, rumors started going around that Cynthia Bailey had been fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Producers of the show are rumored to be looking for ways to bring in new cast members while also trying to get Phaedra Parks, who used to be on the show, to come back. Nothing is official until Bravo makes an announcement about season 13.
Cynthia Bailey Personal life
Bailey dated Jayson Williams in 1996, and he asked her to marry him during a halftime show for the New Jersey Nets. She said no, and she gave the engagement ring back to him. Russell Simmons also asked her to marry him, but she said no.
Bailey was in a relationship with Leon Robinson and on November 9, 1999, their daughter Noelle was born. Bailey found out she had a uterine fibroid during her pregnancy. She said it was “the size of a grape,” and she chose to treat it with uterine fibroid embolization instead of a hysterectomy because she wanted to be able to have more children in the future.
She worked with USA Fibroids Centers to spread information about fibroids and the different ways to treat them. Bailey got married to Peter Thomas on July 24, 2010 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. An episode of season three of The Real Housewives of Atlanta showed the wedding.
In 2013, Bailey and Thomas wrote a book called Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight. It was about their relationship. Bailey and Thomas’s divorce was finalized in March 2017. In 2016, they told the public that they were splitting up.
Bailey moved to a house she calls “Lake Bailey” with her daughter. She wanted an apartment at first because she wanted to live like someone in New York City, but producers from The Real Housewives of Atlanta talked her into buying a house instead.
In August 2018, Bailey told the public that she was dating Fox Sports reporter Mike Hill. Hill and Bailey got engaged in July 2019, and they got married 10 months later.
Bailey said that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, strict rules were put in place for the wedding. For example, the 250 guests were required to keep their distance from each other and wear face masks or face shields. The Acworth, Georgia venue was also cleaned very well.
But Bailey was criticized on social media after photos and videos were shared that showed guests not wearing masks. She said in October 2022 that she had filed for divorce from Hill.
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