According to Atlanta’s local CBS affiliate, a local woman named Dorothy Lewis submitted an entry fee in an attempt to have her daughter, Paris, featured on Cynthia’s modeling website, but no winners were ever drawn. Also, a portion of the proceeds (there actually were no proceeds) was supposed to go to charity. But, this being Atlanta, it’s yet another shady charity. Here is the tea…
“The only thing I had to do was submit her photo and then I had to submit an entry fee on the website,” Lewis explained.
Lewis paid $20 to enter Paris into the “big kid” category for the month of January.
The Bailey Agency promise? Each month a winner will be chosen in each category with the winners featured on TheBaileyAgencySchoolofFashion.com.
“To me it’s like playing the lottery. Your chances are slim but what if? That would be exciting if you win,” Lewis said.
The problem? The Bailey Agency hasn’t updated the winners since October 2013, but the site has continued to collect money.
“It’s just not right to be advertising that you’re going to do one thing and take people’s money from around the country and you’re not following through on what you’re saying,” Lewis said.
On top of that, until CBS46 started asking questions, the website stated “a portion of the proceeds … will be donated to the Atlanta Diaper Relief.” The nonprofit folded six months ago.
“It’s like false advertisement,” Lewis said.
CBS46 took the concerns to Bailey.
“We didn’t even realize it folded until we reached out to her to let her know we were going to be changing it over,” Bailey said.
The agency now gives a portion to Kile’s World, the foundation started by Tameka Foster Raymond in honor of her late son.
And the contest? The agency collected 79 entries and $1,580 while the winners weren’t being updated.
But the contest is supposed to pay out $450 a month in prizes, in this case, losing money.
“First of all I think that’s a very negative approach to the whole situation, that’s not like their $20 wasn’t being used for what it was intended for. It’s just a matter of us being in transition on our side and we were just behind on the website. But now it’s updated,” Bailey said.
Since our initial inquiry, the agency changed the charity listed on the website and updated the contest winners.
Bailey said she will be more diligent about the contest in the future and will issue a refund to anyone who is unhappy about the way it was handled.
Lord have mercy. What else do these people at The Bailey Agency have to do other than update their website? Just more shady boots in Atlanta. Another day, another scam.