EXCLUSIVE: We Talked To Bria Baytops, The Mother Of Rihanna’s Mini Look-Alike, Ala’a

Rihanna, Ala'a Baytops

EXCLUSIVE: We Talked To Bria Baytops, The Mother Of Rihanna’s Mini Look-Alike, Ala’a

She tells us what happened after Riri made her daughter’s Instagram picture go viral.

Published July 25, 2019

Written by Jazmine A. Ortiz

What do you do when Rihanna reposts a photo of your 7-year-old daughter, consequentially making her go viral? Get back to work!

Well, that’s what Bria Baytops from Roanoke, Virginia, did when she was at work and a coworker walked in to tell her that her daughter, Ala’a Baytops, was on Rihanna’s Instagram feed. That is, after she totally fan-girled.

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almost drop my phone. how?

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“I was working, so I was star-struck but had to finish working.”

As for little Ala’a’s reaction? “She’s didn’t really realize what was going on until I showed her who she is, and she was like, ‘Woah!' We originally took the pictures because she said she wanted to model.”

If a modeling contract wasn’t in Ala’a’s future, it sure will be soon since the hit maker, who is more known for her beauty and fashion businesses now, gave the pint-size beauty the co-sign. Rihanna shared the photo, tagging Bria’s Instagram account with the caption, “almost drop my phone. How?”

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Dear daughter, Today my heart is so full of love and gratitude. My mind feels enlightened and my love feels strengthened. I smile at the little things and cherish each moment of happiness. You broke my barrier into motherhood. You were the light I never knew I needed. You were my first introduction into the true meaning of selfless, unconditional love. You unknowingly challenged me to be better, encouraged me to fight harder and at times annoyingly forced me to become a more patient. Your life has given me breath in so many ways. You have taught me the importance of self reflection and reminded me that how I see myself will influence how you see yourself. The thought of you influences every decision I make. The moment you were born as we made our first introduction face to face, I vowed to give you all of me. I vow to show you the strength of womanhood. I vow to expose you to the power you innately possess. I vow to endlessly encourage you to seek knowledge and empower your mind. I vow to remind you always that true beauty is measured from within. I vow to always remind you to love yourself first. I vow to share with you all of the lessons I have learned but also allow you to make your own mistakes. I vow to be the place you can come to feel uplifted and protected. I vow to be there for you always, through it all. Thank you for always loving me so unconditionally, even when I am not in the best of moods. Thank you for those unexpected kisses and hugs from behind. Thank you for exceeding every expectation I’ve ever had of having a child. Thank you for just being you. Thank you for gifting me as your mother. Happy Birthday Honeyy B 🍯🐝

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We agree, RiRi! Ala’a looks exactly like the 31-year-old singer about 24 or so years ago. Rihanna just launched her Fenty clothing line, and so far it's only women's apparel, but if she comes out with a children's line, Bria says sign Ala'a up. “I would love for her to model Fenty.”

And if mama Bria wasn’t serious about about making her daughter’s modeling dreams come true before, she sure is now!

“She did a photo shoot today. I sent Tyra Banks a DM and we’ll be doing more photo shoots.”

Tyra, please start an America’s Next Top Mini Model search so Ala’a can get her shot!

(Photo: Getty/Bria Bytops)


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