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2013 Rock the Runway Judges
Meet the modeling industry elite who will select our male and female Rock the Runway™ winners
Supermodel, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, & businesswoman
Resume: An Alabama native, Cynthia Bailey was discovered soon after her pageant days by a Wilhelmina model agent in New York, and her first booking was for the cover of Essence magazine.
Appearances: The international supermodel has walked in shows for top designers, such as Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham, and appeared in numerous publications, including Vogue, ELLE, Glamour, and Vanity Fair. Cynthia considers being photographed alongside Iman, Beverly Johnson, Naomi Campbell, and Tyra Banks by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair among her greatest accomplishments as a fashion model.
Accomplishments: Personally, her greatest accomplishment is her 13-year-old daughter, Noelle Forde Robinson.
Current projects: Cynthia stars on the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta and is the CEO of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion.
Lives: Atlanta, GA
Karen Lee Grybowski
Founder of the Karen Lee Group & international model scout
Resume: Karen Lee Grybowski served as the director of Scouting for Wilhelmina, Pauline, and Elite Model Management and spent 15 years travelling the globe, looking for new faces and empowering young women by helping them develop a sense of health, wellness, style, and confidence.
Past Clients: She has discovered, coached, and promoted many of the fashion industry’s top models, such as Carolyn Murphy and Oluchi, at the onset of their careers.
Accomplishments: In 2009, Karen branched out on her own and started the Karen Lee Group (KLG), a scouting firm that places its discoveries with major model agencies around the world. KLG also offers consultations and workshops for those who desire or need coaching in modeling or who wish to pursue other career opportunities within the modeling industry.
After winning the 2012 Rock the Runway Competition, Samuel Roberts relocated to New York City to pursue modeling. Samuel has since signed with Fusion Models in New York, I LOVE Models Management in Milan, Nathalie Models in Paris, and Supa Model Management in London. He has recently returned from an impressive first show season in Europe, walking in a total of fourteen shows. This new face can be found walking in an assortment of shows including: Jil Sander, Fendi, Hermes, Missoni, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, DKNY, Rag & Bone, Kenneth Cole, and more. He has also been featured in Essential Homme Magazine, Details Magazine, WWD, and GQ China.
Resume: Former American Idol hairstylist, began his career in the fashion and beauty industry as a model in NYC (appeared on the runway for GQ Magazine's "Focus America" at Lord & Taylor), has traveled extensively working with some of the most beautiful women in the world, his hairstyles -classic, hip, sassy and innovative have been seen on red carpets everywhere including the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes.
Favorite Celebrity Clients: Paula Abdul, Martha Stewart, Carmen Electra
Appearances: American Idol, Platinum Weddings, LA-Story
Current Projects: Stokely is currently developing a signature line of Hollywood-inspired haircare products
Quotable Quotes: "Behind every great success are nay-sayers. Always face the light, dream big and never give up."
Lives: Savannah, Georgia
Photograph by Travis W Keyes