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Rihanna’s seven-year-old doppelganger has landed her first major modeling contract, just weeks after earning viral fame when the singer posted her picture online.

Ala’a Skyy Baytops, seven, has been signed up by natural hair care company The Mane Choice, less than one month after Rihanna shared her photo with followers on Instagram, where it received a staggering 7.4 million likes.

The job is no doubt the first in a long line of opportunities for the Roanoke, Virgina-based tween, who wowed dozens of A-listers with her remarkable resemblance to the 31-year-old singer – including supermodel Tyra Banks, who launched a search to track Ala’a down, while promising to help her launch her career.

Ala’a was recently announced as an ambassador for The Mane Choice, a hair-care brand focused on natural texture.

The photogenic youngster attended Beauty Con in Los Angeles with the brand over the weekend, where she met fans and posed for selfies while promoting the company’s products.

At the event, she also debuted a knotted bun hair style, referencing a look worn by Rihanna just last week in Barbados.

‘Not only does she have an amazing attitude and work ethic at such a young age, she also loves her hair,’ The Mane Choice CEO and founder Courtney Adeleye told Allure. ‘She understands the benefits of using great products. It’s amazing!’

Sharing the news to Instagram, where she has attracted over 140,000 followers in the blink of an eye thanks to Rihanna’s endorsement, Ala’a thanked the singer for helping launch her modeling career in the first place.



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60 year old Black Panther actress Angela Bassett, who defies her age has shares the 5 beauty tips that she swears by.

Speaking to Allure magazine, Angela talks about inquiring minds constantly ask “What do you do, what do you eat, how do you stay…?” and admits that ”It feels good that they wonder,”

The phrase ‘black don’t crack’ rings true with the stunning actress who appears to be aging backwards. So, what is the secret to her flawless, youthful glow? Angela shares her 5 must-have products with Madame Noire.

Take a look and see if you can’t pick up some tips to preserve your skin!

Micellar Water

Micellar Water [Credit: Racked]
Micellar Water [Credit: Racked]

Angela Bassett was serious about making sure our skin is clean before we even begin to apply any products. She explained, ‘It’s all about keeping the skin as clean as you can using the micellar water. Make sure you have all the pollutants, the debris and dead skin cells are removed and your skin can breathe before you put any moisturizers or creams on.” We love Urban Hydration Micellar Water in Kiwi and Pomegranate. You get a good amount of product that will last you a few months and the best part is this line is created by a Black woman.

Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser

Angela Bassett partnered with skincare expert Dr. Barbara Sturm to create a line of products specifically for women of color. We’re here for her foam cleanser ($70.00, Molecular-Cosmetics.com) which contains hyaluronic acid to provide instant moisture to your face.

Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum

Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser [Credit: The Guardian]
Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser [Credit: The Guardian]

After you wash your face, Bassett instructs to continue with your “serums and creams.” A serum packs a lot of great ingredients for your skin in a more absorbable form. This is great to apply right after you clean your face. Personally, I use my jade roller to help the product settle into my face even better.

Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich

This face cream is perfect for combination skin. This rich formula is perfect for overnight care and to use to let your skin replenish itself.

Nyakio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil

Nyakio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil
Nyakio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil

While Bassett didn’t mention using facial oil, this is a must-have in your beauty routine. Oil is great for replenishing your skin and locking in moisture. At night, I apply it after my moisturizer to really help lock in everything. I’m obsessed with Naykio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil. It helps restore the skin and is rich in pure, cold-pressed oils. It’s also 100% vegan.