In case you are a fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you’re in for a deal with. Supermodel and entrepreneur Cynthia Bailey, who made her first look on the present in season 3, is usually the one particular person on the collection who tries to maintain the peace amongst the ladies and is never on the middle of drama.
Maybe that’s as a result of when she’s not taping, the 54-year outdated mannequin turned entrepreneur is pursuing a number of companies and partnerships together with her modeling company, her line of eyewear, changing into a model ambassador with Seagram’s Escapes and her newest enterprise, the Bailey Wine Cellar.
In an interview with BET.com, Bailey talks about how she’s capable of stability all of it. Along with being an excellent concerned mother to her 21-year outdated daughter, Noelle Robinson, and newly married to tv persona, Mike Hill.
BET.com: You appear busy with the present and all of your different ventures. How do you navigate all of it?
Cynthia Bailey: We often movie for six months after which additionally market it. So it may be onerous as a result of once I concentrate on one thing, I like to provide it my full consideration—being a perfectionist, I need to be sure that I’m invested in each minute. So, once we’re filming Actual Housewives, it is my primary precedence, and as quickly as we’re achieved, I soar into checking on all my different companies and new initiatives. However it’s a blessing to have this job as a result of it has afforded me different alternatives.
BET.com: How do you then stability all of these alternatives together with your private life?
Bailey: I can communicate for myself and in addition my castmates; that’s one in every of our largest struggles looking for stability. What’s useful for me is simply having an understanding little one. Her dad is actor Leon [Leon Robinson, The Five Heartbeats and Cool Runnings], who has been within the leisure trade his entire life. I used to be a mannequin earlier than the present, we’ve all the time been within the enterprise not directly since she was born, and he or she’s come on the present with me when she was eight years outdated, and now she’s 21. So, she will get it. It doesn’t suggest that Leon and I do not stay in a ball of guilt at instances. However although we weren’t all the time there, we all the time made certain she was taken care of. I’m doing this for her and my household. However after all, there are occasions when I’m exhausted, and I’m newly married, however my household is knowing. We make it work.
BET.com: Like many working mothers, you’ve lots happening, and you’re used to doing a lot; what do you do particularly for your self?
Bailey: I deal with myself alongside the best way as a lot as I can. I actually take pleasure in mani and pedi. I find time for that when per week, and I get the works. I ask for the recent stones, a leg therapeutic massage. I like getting massages. It is essential to reset and reboot as a result of you’ll burn out. And I am unable to present as much as work and inform them, ‘hey, I am sorry, I do not really feel like working.’ I’ve to indicate up and on this present, present out, more often than not. I additionally get facials. I like yoga, meditating, taking walks, and generally it is nearly being alone. That might imply watching back-to-back films on Netflix and simply ordering from DoorDash. There’s a lot energy in being nonetheless.
BET.com: Inform me a bit about your collaboration with Seagram’s Escapes? Why this partnership?
Bailey: The partnership with Seagram’s Escapes began in 2018. It’s actually a blessing. Seagram’s, and I didn’t solely need to create my improbable Peach Bellini, which is without doubt one of the high sellers you guys noticed play out within the launch on The Actual Housewives of Atlanta, however we wished to assist to empower girls, one thing that’s essential to me.
Once we began this partnership, we instantly connected a lady empowerment portion to all the things we do. As a Black lady, I perceive the worth of different Black girls empowering me, so I need to be sure that I do the identical for others, and Seagram’s has been wonderful in supporting my efforts.
As an entrepreneur and a enterprise proprietor of a number of companies, all of us wrestle, even earlier than the pandemic. So many are struggling now. I like that I can have a dialog with Seagram’s and we are able to determine a strategy to do our half. That is how the Seagram’s Escapes market was created. We had been capable of give $10,000 grants to a few Black-owned companies. I care about individuals, I care in regards to the world, and I care about empowering different girls.
BET.com: Can we look ahead to some other partnerships?
Bailey: I’ve some issues popping out, however I am unable to speak about them proper now. Plus, I’m specializing in my marriage. My wine cellar is again open although we struggled by means of the pandemic like everybody else, nevertheless it’s open and doing nicely. And relating to partnerships, I like working with my husband, we’ve numerous issues that we plan on working collectively, and I am enthusiastic about that.
The factor that folks do not understand, as somebody who’s been working since I used to be 17 years outdated, I’ve all the time wished to achieve success, and I’ve all the time been ready to do the work to remain profitable, however there’s one thing nice about having your greatest buddy, and your husband and create some nice issues collectively. I need to do some issues with Mike, the person who, you realize, I plan on spending the remainder of my life with.
BET.com: How have you ever developed because you began on the present?
Bailey: I feel one of many issues which have saved me on the present which explains why I have been capable of be on the present for over a decade at this level is that I by no means overlooked who I’m as an individual. I did not attempt to be one thing else. I got here on the present, and I gave you guys me, no matter that seemed favored: profitable at instances or going by means of monetary points, damaged marriage, friendships, damaged friendships, motherhood, and all the things that goes with that. I all the time attempt to stand in my fact of who I’m, even when it isn’t as entertaining. I’m on a platform the place drama can work. All the things I’ve achieved on the present is how I might have dealt with them had been I not on the present. I do me. I’ve all the time been true to myself.
Final 12 months, Seagram’s Escapes and Cynthia Bailey started a nationwide empowerment tour to host girls leaders at faculties and universities. There’s a digital tour coming this 12 months.
This interview has been edited for readability.
The Momosa for Mom’s Day
4 elements Seagram’s Escapes Peach Bellini
2 elements Glowing Wine
Mix and serve in a champagne flute
Recipe courtesy of Seagram’s Escapes.