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

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.

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.” 

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

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

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.

View this post on Instagram

Merry Christmas xxx

A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on

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.

View this post on Instagram

❤️❤️

A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on

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

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

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. 

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.”

Related posts
instagram.com/hodakotb
People Jul 20, 2019
Hoda Kotb's Daughter Haley Joy Sings 'Happy Birthday!' to Her Mom's Friend Katie Ryan
TV Apr 20, 2019
Al Roker Shares New Photos of Hoda Kotb's Little Girl
Getty Images
US News May 30, 2019
Hoda Kotb Shares a New Photo of Her Little Daughters, Haley and Hope
Getty Images
TV Aug 09, 2019
Hoda Kotb Turns 55 Today