The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey is a celebrity mom that does it all. The former model just launched a new modeling agency, spends most of her day filming her hit reality show, is raising her 11-year-old daughter and still manages to look glamorous, even when she’s not trying. How does she do it?
Babble had the opportunity to talk to this Alabama-born beauty about mom competition, no make-up days and the one thing every mom craves: sleep.
Babble: Many mothers stress about their body image after having a baby and spend a lot of their time trying to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight. As a model and a mom, do you have any advice for the moms out there that look at model moms such as Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum and say, “How did they do that?”
Cynthia: I feel like most of the models including myself had a certain pressure to get back into shape because of our jobs. It’s a pressure that regular moms don’t have. If it wasn’t for my work, I wouldn’t have beaten myself over it, but because of it, I did have to lose the weight in order to be a certain size fast. It’s a lot when you have a child and your body definitely goes through a lot of changes. I would tell moms to give themselves up to six months to lose the weight, although everyone is different.
Babble: You’ve just opened your own modeling agency, you’re busy filming and doing promo work for the Real Housewives of Atlanta, and on top of everything, you’re also a mom. Do you sleep?
Cynthia: For me, it’s a luxury to even get seven hours of sleep! I really try to make the time but I don’t get more than seven hours on a good night. It’s a lot to be on a television show, have your own business and of course take care of my family and my daughter. I keep on telling myself that there’s a lot going on in my life right now, which is a good thing, and I’m working towards something. I of course want to take advantage of it while I still try my best to make time for my husband and daughter.
Babble: You always look great on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Do you ever have any “mom frump days” when you just hang out around the house with no make-up on?
Cynthia: Why, thank you! But I think that I only look good when I have to look good. I have my on and off days and trust me, you don’t want to run into me when I’m having an off day at the grocery store! On the days though that I don’t have to be anywhere, I’m very basic and just wash my hair and brush my teeth. For my job I have to glam it up, but on a regular basis I’m a simple, no make-up person as far as style.
Babble: Do you have any beauty secrets for moms that are constantly on-the-run?
Cynthia: I think moms out there should try and make an effort — even though I suck at it — to make a little time for yourself, even if it’s a date night once a week with your husband. I try to give myself a little “Cynthia” time, but it is hard. Even if you can’t do it once a week, try at least once every two weeks or once a month to take care of yourself. Go get a massage or a mani/pedi before reaching a breaking point. I’ve reached my breaking point a few times in the past and I always feel like ok, it’s time to take a break and have that “me” time. You also have to try your best to commit to those days for yourself, as well.
Babble: Is there mom competition between mothers in Atlanta? Does everyone try to out-do everyone else with their best-dressed kids, trying to do it all and still look great at the same time?
Cynthia: It’s not my deal. I don’t do that with myself or with my daughter Noelle. I already have enough competition with modeling and being on a reality television show that I don’t need to compete with the moms in school. It’s just too much work!
Babble: Does your daughter Noelle travel with you? Do you take her along on trips?
When I travel I try to take my daughter as often as I can even though I have a busy, hectic schedule as does her father, who is an actor. I try to take her with me everywhere I go and it’s been much easier now that she’s homeschooled. I love the flexibility of her homeschool schedule, otherwise I would never get the chance to see her. It’s a big choice, but she loves homeschooling, too. She can just take her computer with her and travel with me everywhere she goes. It’s great for us.
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