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Cynthia Bailey

Meet the supermodel building a business empire

Cynthia Bailey wears many hats: Mother, supermodel, The Real House Wives of Atlanta cast member, public speaker, business entrepreneur (with eyewear, candles and leather goods companies under her belt) and most recently—aspiring actress. So how does she find the will to do it all? “I have always been an ambitious person and embraced the entrepreneurial spirit,” Cynthia tells us. “I have an amazing platform, and I have started to build my empire!” Get to know this inspiring jill-of-all-trades, below.

On her travel essentials. “I never leave home without my Uggs. I travel in them because they are so warm and comfortable, and they make me happy. I’m also never without my Cynthia Bailey Eyewear sunglasses and Kiehl's Lip Balm.”

On a perfect evening in Atlanta. “First would be dinner at Umi, since my favorite food is Japanese. After dinner, I would go see a movie at the relaxing CineBistro. Then I would retire to my home on the lake. For me, my home is a vacation—or shall I say, my staycation. I use my time there to reboot and rejuvenate my energy and spirit.”

On the highlight of her career. “Thus far, it would be opening the The Bailey Agency School of Fashion. The school permits me to empower and change the lives of young people who are doing what I love.”