Rihanna’s seven-year-old lookalike has received her first big modeling contract, only weeks after the singer’s photo of her went viral. Ala’a Skyy Baytops, seven, has been picked up by natural hair care firm The Mane Choice, less than a month after Rihanna shared her photo with Instagram followers, which earned a whopping 7.4 million likes.
The role is undoubtedly the first in a long line of prospects for the Roanoke, Virginia-based tween, who enthralled dozens of A-listers with her striking similarity to the 31-year-old singer – including supermodel Tyra Banks, who debuted a search for Ala’a while offering to help her introduce her in the industry.
Role is undoubtedly the first in a long line of prospects for the Roanoke, Virginia-based tween, who enthralled dozens of A-listers with her striking similarity to the 31-year-old singer – including supermodel Tyra Banks, who debuted a search for Ala’a while offering to help her introduce her in the industry.
Ala’a was recently named an ambassador for The Mane Choice, a natural texture-focused hair-care company. Over the weekend, the attractive child visited Beauty Con in Los Angeles with the brand, where she greeted customers and posed for pictures while promoting the company’s goods.
She also debuted a tied bun hairstyle at the occasion, emulating Rihanna’s look from last week in Barbados. ‘At such an early age, she not only has an excellent attitude and work ethic, but she also loves her hair,’ Courtney Adeleye, the CEO and founder of Mane Choice, told Allure. ‘She recognizes the value of high-quality items.
It’s incredible!’ Ala’a praised Rihanna for helping begin her modeling career in the first place, sharing the news on Instagram, where she has amassed over 140,000 followers in the blink of an eye owing to her support.
‘One of the most valuable gifts you can offer someone is a chance! ‘How you use that opportunity is all up to you,’ she remarked (mom Bria runs the account). ‘Thank you [Rihanna],’ she replied in another. ‘I won’t let you down.’ The teen is seen sporting The Mane Choice products in a video post, expressing her surprise at her first modeling contract.
‘One day you’re using your favorite stuff because you adore them, and the next day you’re enjoying them while also being their newest ambassador!’ ‘If you feel you deserve anything, it will come true,’ the caption reads.
Rihanna has ‘truly transformed this girl’s life,’ according to commenters on the post. And it doesn’t appear like things will calm down for Ala’a any time soon.
Tyra Banks, longtime America’s Next Top Model host and 1990s supermodel, has contacted Ala’a to personally encourage her to apply for a position in her next project Modelland. ‘The nicest bit of advice is to really work well at school and realize that modeling will always be there,’ Tyra, 45, told the teenagers through FaceTime.
‘So make sure you finish school, listen to your mom, and do all of your studies,’ Tyra said.
‘After you finish your studies, you may practice your model poses in the mirror.’ But only once the schooling is completed.’ Bria, Tyra’s proud mother, and a nail technician, also informed BET.com that Ala’a had previously done a picture for her.
‘Today she had a picture sh-oot. Bria stated, “I sent Tyra Banks a DM, and we’ll be doing more photoshoots.” ‘Almost drop my phone. how?’
Rihanna captioned the snapshot of her small lookalike when she first uploaded it on Instagram. Over 96,000 people reacted to the photo and went to the youngster’s Instagram account.
Gail Borden – What a pretty young lady, I see her going very far. She looks like she could be Ri-Ri’s daughter for real !! Beautiful young lady !
maxdfj – My opinion is that she’s got Rihanna’s eyes but she’s a beautiful young girl in her own right without the resemblance.
Tucker – No hate, she’s so cute and pretty but she doesnt rly look like her tbh. Again, no hate she’s cute af
Shane C – That one pictured is 100% spot on. It could have fooled me. The nose, the eyes, the hair, the skin complexion, what more do people want? You can’t get a closure match than that.
Soukeyna Adele Seck – I’ve had that happen when my friend showed me a picture of a child and I ran to my parents to see if I had a twin I didn’t know about! She looked so much like me.