Cynthia Bailey and Daughter Noelle Celebrate the Beauty of Black Women
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Cynthia Bailey knows Black is beautiful (and she’s not afraid to say it!).

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her daughter, Noelle Robinson, stopped by our ESSENCE Fest Empowerment stage yesterday afternoon, where they opened up to ESSENCE about their favorite parts of being two chocolate women.

“[Black women are] just a special people,” Bailey told ESSENCE. “We did not start off in a position where we were positioned to excel or prosper or believe that we were anyone or anything. And as a Black woman, I have to strive to be the best that I can be because I just owe it to us.”

And what about Noelle?

The 15-year-old admitted that her favorite part was a little more culinary-centric.

“My favorite part about being a Black woman is definitely the food,” she said with a smile. “I love soul food. The sweet potatoes are always the best with the marshmallows and everything.”

Excellent answers on both parts!