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Rock the Runway Judges
Meet the modeling industry elite who will select our male and female Rock the Runway winners
Supermodel, reality TV show personality, and businesswoman
Originally from rural Alabama, Cynthia was discovered soon after her pageant days by a Wilhelmina modeling agent. The international supermodel has walked in shows for top designers, such as Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham; has appeared in numerous publications, such as Vogue, ELLE, and Vanity Fair; and has made the cover of Essence magazine twice. Having recently completed filming for the fourth season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, she is working on a variety of projects including The Bailey Agency School of Fashion in Atlanta; a model mentorship program; and the Cynthia Bailey Model Search, which launched January in Birmingham, Alabama.
Karen Lee Grybowski
Founder of the Karen Lee Group & international model scout
Karen has been instrumental in discovering, developing, and promoting many of the top models in the industry today. She has discovered great talent for Wilhelmina, Pauline, and Elite Model Management, which she says has given her the opportunity to empower young women by helping them develop a sense of health, wellness, style, and confidence. Her experience includes supervising the Elite model house, serving as a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, and starting Karen Lee Group in 2009. Last year, Karen Lee Group and Shawn Ehlers Photography combined forces to launch NY Model Camp, for which they produce various workshops and model searches in New York City and throughout the country.
Since walking in Charleston Fashion Week 2010, the 23-year-old Charleston native has gone on to compete on Cycle 16 of the CW’s America’s Next Top Model, where she finished as the runner-up to Brittani Kline. Since appearing on the prime-time television show, she has relocated to New Jersey and has signed with Images Management and Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc.