If you or I or some other normie took our moms to a fashion show, we would not escape without the discomfort of being mommed. But Monica Braithwaite -- mother to Rihanna, front-row attendee at Friday night's Fenty Puma by Rihanna show -- is not your average mom. She's a hip mom. Remember when she presented Rihanna with an AMA Icon Award at the American Music Awards in 2013 and somehow managed to look cooler than Rihanna?
So when Rihanna presented her post-apocalyptic health-goth collection, Braithwaite didn't try to bop to the ominous, techno-y string soundtrack that propelled models down the runway. She sat rapt, proud, her short platinum-blonde hair perfectly styled, and didn't even try to rush Naomi Campbell like my mom would have.
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Monica Braithwaite, Rihanna's mom
Rihanna's mom is the coolest mom at Fashion Week
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Monica Braithwaite, Rihanna and Rajad Fenty attend the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna AW16 Collection during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at 23 Wall Street on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for FENTY PUMA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Monica Braithwaite, Rihanna and Rajad Fenty attend the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna AW16 Collection during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week at 23 Wall Street on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for FENTY PUMA)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 10: Recording artist Rihanna (R), mother Monica Braithwaite (C) and Majesty (L) attend the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation at The Barker Hanger on December 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 04: Monica Braithwaite (R) is seen at Eiffel tower on October 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Guest, Mother of Rihanna, Monica Braithwaite, Brother of Rihanna and Guest pose Backstage after the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016. Held at Cour Carree du Louvre on October 2, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images for Dior)
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During a postshow chat, she maintained all her chill -- no gushing about "Little RiRi," no whipping out naked-baby photos. I asked her if she was proud, and she said, "Obviously." Would she wear any of the items from the collection? She paused, seeming to acknowledge her daughter's creative success while demonstrating an understanding that Fenty Puma is not for all moms. "I would consider wearing a few pieces, yes."
We'd recommend the oversize fur hoodie. Perfect for low-key cool moms.