Cynthia Ellington woke up in a shelter the morning of this interview. She waited in line for an hour to take a shower. Then she had to wait in line for a towel, a washcloth, a curling iron, and makeup. “You have to wait in line for everything. They gave me two conditioners today, but I wasn’t going to wait in line again for another shampoo.” After the shower, she had a 25-minute walk to the Denver VOICE office.
Though her life has taken her from the stage to the streets of Denver, Cynthia still has the smile of a star. She is beautiful.