Saturday, January 25, 2014

Limited Edition Cynthia Bailey Collectors Doll in the House!

Limited Edition Cynthia Bailey Prettie Girls! Collectors Doll -- she is gorgeous!

The Cynthia Bailey Collectors Doll is here and more lovely than I had imagined, which is always a good thing.  I am as impressed with the box as I am with the doll.  I took several initial photos shown below.
The front of box shows a tonal image of the head and torso of the doll.
The inside flap defines Prettie Girls! and the One World Prettie (OWP) concept. The Cynthia doll's fashion is described in the final paragraph.

The lovely, articulated (underneath breasts, at elbows, wrists, and knees), 12-inch Cynthia Bailey doll is nicely presented inside the box with black doll stand included.  Her huge Afro hairstyle is well done with soft fibers. 

This lovely image of supermodel, actress, entrepreneur Cynthia Bailey is underneath the plastic liner that holds the doll in place.
The back of the box is as impressive as the front, featuring a tonal headshot of the doll.  A cute image of the doll's designer, Stacey McBride-Irby, is in the lower right corner.
The text from the back of the box contains Ms. Bailey's biography:

Supermodel Cynthia Bailey resides in Atlanta with her 13-year-old daughter, Noelle, and her husband Peter. The Alabama-born beauty moved to New York City 25 years ago to pursue her dream of modeling.  Cynthia's biggest career moment was when she beat out Naomi Campbell for a co-starring role opposite Sandra Berhardt in her film, WITHOUT YOU I'M NOTHING.  From there she was always on call for her friend and super-star film director Brett Ratner for all of his early movies & music videos.  Mr. Bill Cosby [cast] this southern beauty for 2 episodes of THE COSBY SHOW, and other television appearances that include NY UNDERCOVER, SOUL TRAIN guest model host, and host spots on BET.

Cynthia's commercials include [Macy's], Levis, Mercedes Benz and many more.  In addition to her "housewife" duties, Cynthia can be seen regularly on Good Morning America serving as a correspondent.  She also operates as CEO of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion and is creator of the Miss Renaissance Pageant and the Cynthia Bailey Model Search.

My doll is documented as follows in my doll inventory Excel spreadsheet:
Month-Year of Purchase Manufacturer/Artist/Year Made Name Description Price
January One World Doll Project, 2013 Limited Edition Cynthia Bailey Prettie Girls! Collectors Doll 12-inch fashion doll designed by Stacey McBride-Irby (former Mattel designer) inspired by former supermodel/model agency owner Cynthia Bailey; black Afro, brown painted eyes; wears white tank with The Bailey Agency School of Fashion logo on front; black faux leather jacket, black and shimmery silver striped shorts, black high-heel shoes, gold cuff bracelet, gold hoop earrings, has black patent-leather purse with gold "chain" strap.  Doll is not a portrait of Cynthia Bailey; but was inspired by her.   Signed, #'d, COA enclosed in blue stock folder arrived later; has black doll stand. $69.95
Scan of certificate of authenticity and OWDP Lifetime Collectors pin

Her impressive signed, numbered, certificate of authenticity arrived under separate cover accompanied by a One World Doll Project Lifetime Collectors Club pin, shown above.  

Still attached to the plastic liner, Cynthia hopes to be released soon
I have not removed the doll from the box liner and am not sure I will.  I want to, but I want to preserve her in her manufactured state a while longer.  (It's a collector's thing that only a doll collector would understand.)

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22 comments:

  1. Wow, Debbie, she is LOVELY. Love her hair and how she's set up in the box. While I think that she has the same face as the Prettie Girls dolls, I think her face screening is superior to theirs.

    I understand wanting to keep her intact - as opposed to deboxed - it's like you can retain and refresh the first time you saw the doll and you can appreciate her again. Congratulations on having this lovely doll.

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    1. Thanks, D7ana!

      You have described perfectly the reason I hesitate to remove her from the box. This dual desire to keep her intact and free her is a dilemma that will be resolved soon.

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    2. Another idea, DBG, if you decide to open or set up a doll museum, you could keep one intact for the museum and another "for play." I remember you had considered doing so at one time. Not sure if that is still something you want to pursue.

      Then again, you could just get a second doll - the price is more than basic vinyl fashion dolls, but not exorbitantly so. One antique doll or one Fashion Royalty (some, I should say) would cost twice or more the cost of one Cynthia Bailey doll. Is this doll impressive and stunning enough to do that? She looks spectacular - I am hoping that I will not miss out on her - but that's another option to consider, museum or not.

      Best wishes in making your decision ;-)

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    3. A museum: Still an indefinite idea.

      My dilemma of wanting to debox "Cynthia" has been resolved, D7ana. Stay tuned.
      :-)

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    4. Great news! Will stay tuned ;-)

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  2. She is lovely! I think her outfit is much better than Lena's. Because she is a celebrity, it would be better to keep at least her in the box.

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    1. Thanks, Ms. Leo. I agree. She needs to remain in the box, NRFB, but I want her out.

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  3. Wow! I like this doll! Thanks to you I know about it! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  4. Hola, que gran compra, es hermosa, que bien que sea articulada, disfrutala mucho.

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    1. Hi Lindaivette,

      The doll is articulated underneath the breast area, at the elbows, wrists, and knees. She uses the same body as Prettie Girls! Lena, so there may not be very much movement under the breast area.

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  5. How outstanding! I'm very impressed. The hair, the clothes, just superb.

    Dana, thank you for making that comment because I struggle with taking dolls out of the box. It really is wonderful seeing them in their pristine condition.

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    1. You're welcome, Muff. I think it's a collector-feeling that we have about certain dolls that seem exceptionally well-done and exquisitely presented. We can understand Debbie's conflict. It's not all dolls - just some ;-)

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  6. She is lovely! If I had her, I would try to keep her in the box. I have Lena for play, so I would want to keep this one NRFB. I would be tempted to remove her, though!

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    1. The temptation is steep... so much so that...

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  7. She is very pretty, love the outfit!

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  8. Hi Debbie,

    I pinned your first photo of this doll to my Prettie Girls Pinterest board. Gave you full attribution - provided the link back to this post. See here and if you object, let me know to take it down ;-)

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  9. Hi D7ana,

    You know I would never object to your pinning one of my photos from the URL of my blog to Pinterest since Pinterest automatically gives due credit when pinning is done in that manner. I hope the photo is enjoyed by others.

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  10. She is gorgeous! I would leave her boxed. You could always just buy a second one. I loved reading about Cynthia Bailey's accomplishments. I knew she was a model, but I didn't realize how many tv appearances she's had.

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