My first magazine cover was ESSENCE and it flew off the newsstands! When I heard it was out, I went looking for it but couldn’t find it anywhere. Every newsstand that I went to said it was already sold out. When I finally got my hands on a copy I bought about thirty of them! I spread them out all over the floor in my apartment and stared at them for hours. I thought to myself that if I could be on the cover of ESSENCE I could do anything! I was only nineteen years old. Imagine my surprise when I was asked to grace a second cover a couple years later. As an African-American woman I was beyond proud and very honored. I grew up reading ESSENCE. In my opinion the women on the covers were the epitome of intellect, beauty, happiness, and success. I wanted to be like those women when I grew up. To grace the cover of ESSENCE twice is still one of my proudest accomplishments."
I love both print and runway modeling. However, I have always preferred print. I was a little shy when I first started modeling. I always felt more comfortable in the studio and in front of the camera. I loved walking the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan but never really felt like I owned it. As a perfectionist I know my strengths and weaknesses. I was an amazing print model, so that is what I focused on."
When I started my modeling career Beverly Johnson was my idol. She is a classic American beauty. I was always told by industry professionals that I looked like her younger sister. We eventually met and became friends. She was always loving, kind, and supportive. She was my mentor and actually ended up being like a big sister to me. We are still friends today. One of the great things about having had a successful modeling career and being the CEO of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, is that I have created a platform that allows me to inspire, educate, and give back to talented young model hopefuls. I would have benefited greatly from a school like The Bailey Agency to have better prepared myself before moving to NYC to pursue my modeling career." Read the rest and support her cover at: Shustringmagazine.com Congratulations Cynthia Bailey.