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Hoda Kotb’s Fans Think She Has Her 'Mom’s Smile’ in Rare Family Photos

Tichafa Chidzonga
Aug 13, 2019
02:20 A.M.
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Hoda Kotb shares a rare family picture of her parents; Sameha Kotb and Abdel Kader Kotb. The homage to her parents had many fans noticing where the “Today” co-host gets her smile from.

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In honor of her birthday, on August 9, Kotb posted some vintage picture of her parents on Instagram. She took the time to give a special shout out to her Egyptian born parents, saying:

“Thanks to these two for giving me this day.”

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In the pictures shared of her parents, her mother Sameha shows off a radiant smile. Fans couldn’t help but point out that Kotb inherited her famous smile from her mother.

The message to her parents is a particularly special honor because Kotb lost her father to a heart attack while she was in college.

Fans react to a photo of Hoda Kotb's parents | Instagram

Fans react to a photo of Hoda Kotb's parents | Instagram

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Fans react to a photo of Hoda Kotb's parents | Instagram

Fans react to a photo of Hoda Kotb's parents | Instagram

Fans react to a photo of Hoda Kotb's parents | Instagram

Fans react to a photo of Hoda Kotb's parents | Instagram

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Despite the tragedy, Kotb has always had a very close relationship with her mother. Sameha is often seen in pictures spending time with Kotb and her two young children, Hope and Haley.

Last year, the tight-knit family wore matching outfits for Christmas. In the picture, posted on Instagram, Kotb poses with her sister Hala, Sameha and Haley.

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All three women are shown standing together, beaming the famous smile that has captured the hearts of Kobt’s television audiences from around the world.

The montage of her parents, as a young couple was followed by more recent family photos of Kotb enjoying her birthday.

Wearing birthday hats with her mother and Haley, the 55-year-old is serenaded by her family. An excited looking Haley leads the pack as she sings for mother and helps Kotb r to blow out her birthday candles.

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It wouldn’t be a birthday celebration for Kotb if it didn’t include a few celebrity shout-outs. Jennifer Lopez, Meghan Trainor Joy Bauer, and Katie Couric were amongst some of her famous friends who sent her a birthday message.

Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

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Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

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Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

Celebrity friends send Hoda Kotb birthday messages | Instagram

The low-key birthday at home is in stark contrast to the champagne and cake at the “Today Plaza,” Kotb enjoyed for her birthday last year.

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However, the mother of two has a new outlook on life since taking maternity leave, in April. During an appearance on “Today” she explains to her co-hosts her new lease on life:

"I feel like I’ve lived 54 years, and I’ve loved every minute of it, but if there’s a window or a moment in my life that has mattered more than anything, it’s right now."

Kotb has made the decision to take a long maternity leave in order to spend more time with her family. She has not yet announced when she will be returning to “Today.”

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