In honor of her daughter’s birthday, R&B legend Monica shared five photos to Instagram showing the 42-year-old and her daughter Laiyah side by side posing for a glamorous photoshoot. The photos are drop-dead gorgeous, with both of the ladies wearing Black ensembles. Monica wore a two-piece suit, and 10-year-old Laiyah wore a tulle ballgown dress.


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“HAPPY•BIRTHDAY• @laiyah One never truly knows LOVE until they’ve experienced YOU….. You’ve given me a decade of Joy, Compassion, Understanding and love without Conditions 🖤 May you always see YOU as special & deserving as I do…… HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY LAIYAH,” the proud mother wrote. 

The birthday girl shared several photos from the shoot on her Instagram page. The young Virgo thanked everyone for their birthday wishes and even hinted at where her birthday shoot ‘all black’ inspo could have stemmed from — Netflix’s Wednesday Addams.

“‘I don’t wanna be in the pageant’ Wednesday Addams My Fave,” she wrote under one of her posts.


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Birthdays are special every year, but there are always a few that hold extreme significance. For Laiylah, it’s a double-digit birthday, and many of her friends and family shared their birthday sentiments under her posts.

“Happy birthday, my beautiful girl 😍,” Lala Anthony said.

“My beautiful niece, Happy Birthday Baby,” Ty Young wrote.

“Happy Birthday @laiyah …. I love you and wishing you many more,” Toya Johnson wrote. 

Lil’Mama also wished the Laiyah a happy birthday.

“A Mother’s Twin Starts Within. Laiyah, you display kindness, love, and protection for your siblings just like Mommy. You also have a low tolerance for BS. 😂😂😂 Keep smiling, keep being beautiful. Happy Birthday, Girl💖✨,” Lil Mama wrote.

Happy 10th birthday Laiylah!