After years on the runway supermodel Cynthia Bailey is ready to pass the torch on to the next generation. Cynthia and her agency, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, are initiating a five-city model search, providing young talent (ages 13 and up) the resources and education they need to excel in the fashion world. Starting in her hometown of Alabama, Cynthia and her team of judges will travel to Charlotte, Nashville, Jackson and New Orleans looking for the girls that have “it.”
“I feel like the south has less access to the possibilities of getting discovered by scouts. It was very difficult for me getting discovered. I really didn’t have a lot of information about the business, and I definitely didn’t have any real access to figure out how to get into the business.”
But if you think this is just going to be another America’s Next Top Model knockoff think again. Cynthia plans to offer the young women she chooses more than catwalk tips and pretty headshots at her fashion school, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion will be emphasizing skills and qualities like education and ambition as part of the supermodel package.
“It’ll be a two-day seminar. The first day will be the model search. For that day, we’re just booking for someone who has the look of what it takes to be a model. The second day is the seminar process, and they will get an opportunity to talk to industry professionals–photographers, bookers, agents, hairstylists, makeup artists. If I hadn’t had the ambition and the courage to leave my little, small city in Alabama and go to New York City, I think my life would have been very different. I know that one choice led me to where I’m at right now.”
If you think you’ve got what it takes to stand beside model heavyweights like Cynthia, Naomi and more, register to participate at Cynthia Bailey Model Search. One finalist from every city will get the chance to strut their stuff during the final showdown in Atlanta, Georgia. The ultimate winner of the search can anticipate a $10,000 cash reward, a contract with a model agency and a photo shoot with none other than Derek Blanks!