There was, and still is, nothing like the energy of New York City. The hustle and bustle was intoxicating, and I was drunk with inspiration. I knew that I would be successful because there was so much opportunity. Even though I was low on cash, I had plenty of drive, ambition, and faith. I decided that I was going to be a big time model, and live in New York for two years. I never would have dreamed that two years would turn into twenty-five years! My first big booking was the cover of Essence Magazine, and things just kind of fell in place from there. I worked every day and lived an incredible life. I had an amazing career, friends, love, and money. The best thing about being a model was traveling. I had traveled the world by the time I was thirty. France, England, Austria, South Africa, Italy, Australia, Japan, Seychelle Islands, and all over the Caribbean. There is nothing like getting paid to do a job that you love to do. I could not believe that this was my life all because I made the choice to get on the airplane that cold morning in Huntsville, Alabama. Never be afraid to go for it, because you may never get the chance again.
How sweet to see your husband tell you before you went to new york that your agency is "YOUR thing and he is NOT holding your hand." In other words, he aint helpin you with or outta a thing. Guess his view of marriage is different from yours huh? Since you were willing to fork over 40Gs to help him out in a jam, but he's tellin you up front that this gig is yours so you better handle your own business. You MUST be blind or something.
Love you Cynthia happy to see you smiling,may God continue to blesses both you and Peter on your buineses.pls don't worry abt the people with the negatives comments,let them hate while you goin abt your ventures.
I love your blog it was so diffrent. You are one of my fav lady of RHWOA.. I love how you carry your self this season. You are such a New Yorker. I Like how you told NENE you dont have to buy name brand to have style. I love vintage cloths aswell. It seen that the woman in Atlanta only care about wearing name brand cloths and its really sad especially Sheree!!!!!!
CYNTHIA,...YOU ARE A TRUE CLASS ACT!...YOU HAVE STYLE AND GRACE AND THATS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU AND ALWAYS HAVE YOUR STORY WAS SO TOUCHING AND VERY INSPIRING I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW TO KEEP BEING THE POSITIVE FORCE THAT YOU ARE YOU GIVE THE RHOA SHOW A REAL TASTE OF WHAT IT IS TO BE A LADY!...LOVE YA
The ability to leave a small town to go the Big City Alone shows your strength.. For those who think you are boring... I guess Class is boring.. You are truly a class act.
I love you and nene together. I think you keep her insane sometimes and she needs that. Keep doing your thang Cynthina.
I have liked you all along, and I love that you were no make up on camera, I also didnt like that Sheree said you had bags under your eyes, so what, sje doesnt look so good without all that make up she wears. I also loved that you bought a dress for 20 bucks or so, you are so real, I really liek your sister too. I been in NY since I was 12 I came from another country, when I got married I moved to VA with my husband..... the I have to say it is a whole different world down there, not bad just different. keep being the beautiful model you are. I dont really like Nene and I dont know why you like her, but your a grwon smart woman and Im sure you have your reasons
Oh, I LOVE the idea one commenter had about you joining the cast of RHNY! Fabulous. That is exactly where you belong. (Not that Bravo would ever integrate that cast, but they should.) Atlanta is pretty (I have visited once) but it is not for you. Get yourself back to New York! And please write a book about your beauty secrets -- I'll have what you're having! You look great.
You are a class act! It is very nice to read a truly important message- that one should not be afraid and take that step to change our lives!
You seem like such a nice person with her head on straight. You looked conflicted and sad when you were talking to Kithe about the differences in your life in New York and Atlanta. I have no doubt you love your husband but I wonder if New York would be a better fit for the both of you. I wish you luck wherever you are.
Cynthia I think that you were much happier in NY however I understand you wanting to make great sacrificies for the sake of your marriage and family. I hope that you don't ultimately lose yourself in the vortex of things swirling around you. You have been and continue to be that bright fresh of air that the HWOA has needed.
I adore you Cynthia, i love NENE also and i hope the friendship last a very long time. your hubby Peter is a strong proud Island man, and as a west Indian myself, i must say there is nothing better.
I love you Cynthia and I'm glad you came to the Housewives. Congrats on your business and I hope to meet you and NeNe one day because you both are classy and beautiful sistas.
There is no one as traveled, cultured, spiritual, and open minded as you are on this show, yet your try to remain humble about it all. You try to find the lesson in each test (when you finally face your fears.) It sets you apart from everyone in the cast.
Cynthia, if there is anyone that handles crazy situations or blatant disrespect with temperence, patience, and thoughtfulness it is you. At the same time, you drive me crazy because it's like you don't like facing things that are too controversial or uncomfortable. Truth is not always pleasant but it does bring freedom and the freedom to move forward. While I admire the peacemaker in you, I wish you wouldn't sweep things under the rug either!
I'm glad that you got away from Peter and everyone else! Go and find your peace of mind. Please pray and surround yourself with people who truly have God's love FOR YOU and OTHERS in their lives. You are too soulful and giving for the blood sucking fame crazed zombies that linger on that show, in Atlanta, AND New York. I hope you continue to be inspired, as you inspire others.
Welcome back Cynthia. I love this version of you. You are such a class act. I can't stand Nene but I love the fact that you love your friends unconditionally. You accept their flaws.
Cynthia you are such a gem. Your man Peter is a mess and he's not a true gentleman. He is mean and petty. I'd support any business of yours anyday but NOT his.
Cynthia,I know you love Peter.You LOVE him and I can see glimpses of why.But he is not right for you .The saddest thing for me is that you and Peter know it too. He also loves you and wants to make you proud of him.I do not believe that even if you guys win the lottery you will make it.I too would have made every choice you made financially together because of love.Do not stay with Peter-it is not going to end happily.You two are too dissimilar.And neither of you will be without love if you are not together.I like you both and so wish the best for both of you.
Cynthia, I think you have so much potential. I think Atlanta will be o.k. for you but I think you would thrive in New York. You are at the age where opening the Bailey Modeling Agency is just the right thing to do. I think it is sad that your husband told you you were on your own. I hope you were smart enough to get a pre-nuptial. Do you wonder where he could get his hands on 40 thousand dollars so quickly? Doesn't it make you nervous? He acts like a thug and he is too old for that. You make him look good..he makes you look as if you are settling and i don't know why? Good luck!!!!!
cynthia i love you on the RHOA! you are such a lady with style and grace your blog really touched me it is very inspiring and uplifting and it is a prime example you can be anything you want in life as long as you reach for the stars!....thank you for sharing such positive feedback and i want to say i wish you nothing but the best on your future endevors!....God Bless you!
Cynthia, of all the Housewives shows you are a true beauty inside and out and my favorite hands down....Your Mom, Mallory, Noelle are beauties as well but there's one thing that troubles me is your taste in men..I don't know what Russell or Leon did to you but at least they were easy on the eyes and heavy in the pockets...You chose Peter who looks older than your father and to top it off he has no bank...bad choice...even worse, he is arrogant, unattractive, cocky, selfish, argumentative and defensive...all signs of a weak and controlling man...You look sad most of the time and embarrassed too often...just because you love him you didn't have to marry him..When a man is all wrong for someone, sometimes you cant see it but others can and Mallory sees it...He has a dime piece on his arm and you have Geoffrey from Fresh Prince of Bellaire on your arm...I wish you luck with that Jamaican disaster...
cynthia i loved seeing u in new york city! i actually liked watching you there instead of atlanta, you would be a great real housewife in nyc.. I am sorry to see you marry such a mean spirited insecure short old man! I can only imagine how your mom and sister feels..he is so negative and mean and embarrassing, you truly have daddy issues. Peter will not last though cuz he aint gone change only you will be able to change your situation. I would have tried anything to try and keep you from marrying that man if i was your family. Out of all the beautiful men that wanted to marry you and take care of you and you chose Papa Smurf/Uncle Ben, but they were even nicer than peter, i won't put down Papa Smurf or Uncle Ben like that..The Nene thing is temporary too, u can't take too much negativity and right now it is on your right and left..Stop dumming down your beautiful light/heart/soul..
Cynthia, do not let the drama of Atlanta take away your kindness. Remember why you are opening the school, & help those that want to be helped. As far as the housewives drama, it is just that drama. Besides Kandi & Phadera you are the only one that has made your own money. So for those that want to try to exclude you, find the group of people in Atlanta that will support you. I think what you are doing is great. Keep up the good work!
Cynthia, you are a beautiful person, with a personality to match. You have to learn to stop telling all of you and your husbands business to your mom and your sister. As you can see they are very judgemental and quick to hold Peter's past against him. Discuss things with your husband and stop being a push over when your family and friends do you wrong. Stand up and let their asses know.....hey what you did was fucked up and I don't appreciate it! Take charge and dismiss uneeded drama in your life that causes conflict between you and your husband honey!!
Nene has made a few dollars, so now she doesn't wear anything but name brand and oh the bugs in New York and the small hotel room. And to think someone who has hung from a stripper pole behind any and everthing is now a germ phobia. Nene stop playing with your stupid @ss!!!!! Buy your son some name brand too so he won't be on t.v. wearing that fake polo.
Love the respect for NY! Love the respect you have for yourself and your marriage. You are my favorite housewife, the most beautiful and the smartest.
If the new Cynthia is the result of Atlanta, then run, don't walk to the airport, go straight back to NYC!!
Cynthia, You love New You and New Your loves you too. You are sophisticated and fit in with the city beat. You deserve a successful business man who can take care of you, not a man that you have to keep bailing out. Your man looks like he could go off, too, and that scares me. Your mom and sister must have felt that too. New Your is more your speed. Russell can help you get back in the swing. You could end up with the biggest agency in NY. Move to NYC, that's where it's happening.
I love your positive words!!! I feel the same way, I need the balance of NYC and my current residence. You are the wisest of the bunch!!!
Cynthia, sweet Cynthia!! Kithe told you the truth, he knows you so well. You know Peter does not make you happy. His hate and anger will consume him and you. You almost seem like a battered woman. Not physically but mentally battered. Peter has a very strong personality. You are a good person, everyday in the months/year of a marriage is bliss!! You should wake so happy and be so giddy in love. But it shows you are not it took Kithe 5 minutes to point that out. Nene and Peter are like a succubus for you. Leon tried talking to Peter, I would never want a man that did not want me with my family. We would work it out. He should have been man enough to let it go. I pray you find peace and joy that you so richly deserve. In this I ask God.
Cynthia, i love your grace and elegance and i love the fact that you are still able to follow your dreams, you are an inspiration to alot of women young and old. I love that you follow your heart and do not allow all of the haters change your personalilty and your zest for life, i have heard all of the negative comments regarding your husband and I want you to know that so many women would love to be in your position with that fine man, and i believe that you and Peter enhance each other. As far as NENe goes you have to decide and observe what boundaries need to be put in place when it comes to your man and your friend, I know that you have the wisdom to determine if NeNe is a friend or foe. CONTINUE TO INSPIRE AND BE A ROLE MODEL TO ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME
Cynthia, I admire you more than you can ever know. I left my hometown of Louisville, KY at age 19 with my car full of clothes and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I made it on my own (I'm not a model, I'm a legal secretary), but I never asked my parents for a dime because to me that would have been admitting I was failing. I used to buy a box of spaghetti and a stick of butter and eat spaghetti noodles EVERY night. I really think we have to have those hard times to appreciate the good times. I met my now ex-husband down there and spent 10 years in Florida before moving back home. Louisville is where my family is and it is where I am happy. I see you all the time in the Woman Within catalogs and I swear I feel like "Well, there is my friend Cynthia". It's funny how we feel like we somehow become your friends by watching you every week. Please just keep being true to yourself and you were right in standing up against Mel and saying that you were helping Peter out because that's what wives do. You are so beautiful and classy and your outside beauty radiates from your inside beauty. Your friend, Judy.
Miss Cynthia, Your husband did to Kim and her babyshower, what he's yelled at your sister for doing at your wedding. He took Kim's day and made it all about him. Your sister and mother were respectful and stayed in the background and kept their comments quiet. Your husband was a raving crazy person that was loud and everyone heard him. How dare he talk to your sister that way when he's is WAY more guilty of of selfishness than she ever thought about being. She only loves you and is worried about you, he had NO excuse for what he did to Kim's day other than he's a hard headed insecure baller that couldn't leave it alone, there was no love or concern on his part he TRULY only thought of himself!
Ok you really need to stop telling everyone your business about your husband. Specially when it comes to your sister and mother. Due to the fact Ne Ne got the hots for your hubby you might want to think about how much you tell her. You are a pretty lady with much talent so live your life ............
You are really beautiful woman and also seem to be a nice one( in contrast to the people around you). You have an obvious need to be in New York, or maybe Paris. Smarten up--take your daughter and get out of there. Peter will never make any money, he will always be a con artist and if you're aren't careful, he will leave you broke. Have you considered reconciling with your daughter's father?
OK, we get it you've been to NY and back and to NY and back. If you're ready to move to NY again please go! I like Peter but if he doesn't want to go then leave him. Trust me, he will follow you if he loves you and find you if he's broke. But you're boring me sista'!! Please show us some drama like cheating on Peter with your baby daddy or your sister's husband...he's fine too. :) Just kidding. You and Peter need to live life and love it. Stick to your vows, "for richer or for poor" and you will be richly blessed.
P.S. Please hook Sheree and Kandi up with Peter's brothers or friends so they stop playing with themselves. There's nothing like Jamacian love.
The New York footage allowed us to see the REAL Cynthia...and honey she is refreshing! Between that and this blog entry, your admirers can see that you are a real go getter and made of the GOOD stuff. I promised myself last season that I would veer away from RHOA because I simply cannot stomach NeNe, and trust, that is not an exaggeration. I happened to be channel surfing, caught the scene of you and your friend chatting; I'm now happy that I stopped to look. :)
I hope you move forward with trusting your inner voice, acting on those things and people that compliment you, and being your true self. Your friend is a rare gem - hang on to him!
On a negative note..please rethink this "closeness" you have with NeNe. From what I saw of her in previous seasons, (and the scowl on her face when your friend told her of yours and his first meeting) the only real friend she will ever have is herself.
Stay Beautiful Lady!
I know the show doesn't show us everything about your life, but what we see is enough to make a conclusion that you're not happy with your marriage. I know there's no perfect marriage, but it seems like you're the only supportive one. Peter is very arrogant and selfish. I'm sure he has a sweet side that you fell in love with, so I'm going to stop judging and pray for you instead. Stay strong!
Cythina when u first came on the show, I really didn't know about you. But since the second season you and NeNe are my favorite two. I 'm glad that you didn't let the other haters attitude, high maintence rub off on u. I love u n NeNe relationships. I know that u see right through Kim, Sheman (Sheree), and that so call Southern Belle!!!! Keep doing u and I know that ur model agency will be the best.
You should go to NYC and stay. Don't take any baggage with you - including your husband and NeNe. If Atl feeds your heart, then your heart survives on carrion. You're completely different in NYC. There, you are someone worth watching and listening to. In ATL, you're a nasty person who is married to a taker.
Stop telling your sister and mother (plus the TV audience) personal things that should stay between your husband and yourself. There is nothing worse than someone who goes around telling their personal business that shows Peter in a bad light, then gets upset when they don't support him. Grow up Cynthia.
It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, so good for you.
You know your mom and sister love you and want what's best for you. I cringed when Peter said he wouldn't take your money because he didn't want to hear about it from your sister. She'd only tell him the truth. He might try to come between you and your sister so he can take from you and not have any consequences. You know you have a little girl to protect, and it's sad that your husband would take from you and leave you and your little girl without a safety net of your own.
You keep saying you learned your lesson with his first business, but then you offered 40 grand when you still haven't gotten your 10 grand back from his first business.
I wish you the best.
I thing you are a graceful woman who has the smarts, personality and beauty to be the less dramatic and drama free woman on the show. Yes you and Peter are having problems in a marriage which are mostly financial, but during this time of recession who is. I'm having the same problem in mines and carrying the weight. But when you are committed and dedicated to someone you are suppose to help them and not see them fall and I respect you on that note when it comes to Peter. Even though at times I think he is out of line with some of his comments or is just a little to aggressive with his personality but its understandable to be on defense when your life is being played out on tv. It is very hard to choose a side between your sister and husband, but the way Peter talked to or about your sister was very disrespectful and you should have checked him on that. On the other note your sister is only trying to protect you out of love. But as women when we are in love no one can tell us a thing. But you could of at least apolgized to her and let her know that how Peter felt about the situation does not reflect your true feelings and you are sorry he talked to her like that but you do love, respect and will stand by his side even thought he was wrong. Becasue you are layed back all the other castmates expect for NeNe has taken cheap shots at you and Peter at times, and they are wrong. Even though NeNe can stir the pot or create a situation at times since I have watched you are the only cast memeber she has not dogged out and thats because she truly values your friendship. She knows the realtionships with the other women on the show are not valid. Just keep being who you are and forget what those caddy women will say about you and your husband. Those who have had and lost a husband wants everone else to be just like them.
Most people portray their best on camera, if that's Peters best- RUN BACK TO NEW YORK WHERE YOU SHINE! He is awful to you and you're too stubborn to admit failure. He's the most selfish husband of all the franchises! He should be kissing the ground you walk on, treating you like his wife, not his pimp. I feel sorry for you. I hope what we the viewers see is not who he really is. Nobody should question their marriage to tears the way you have. Wake up girl, he's going to take everything and leave you and your daughter with nothing.