Kobe & Vanessa Bryant's Oldest Daughter Natalia Poses in Front of Late Dad & Sister Gigi's Mural in Photo
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant's eldest daughter, Natalia smiled as she paid tribute to her late father and sister in a photo taken ahead of her winter formal.
Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Natalia was off to her winter formal when she chanced upon a mural of her late father and sister, Gigi. Thus, she took the opportunity to pay tribute to them by posing for a photo with the mural.
Natalia’s mother, Vanessa Bryant proudly shared the photo on her Instagram and gushed, “my babies” in her caption.
The photo featured a smiling Natalia beautifully dressed in a short floral dress and standing in front of an image of her late family. The mural was of Kobe kissing Gianna’s head which had a halo over it.
Natalia was by Vanessa’s side after she gave her speech during the public memorial for Kobe. They were seen holding hands as they walked among the crowd.
Natalia is the eldest of Kobe and Vanessa’s four daughters. Gigi, 13, was the second, followed by Bianka, 3, and Capri, 8 months. Fondly called Nani by her parents, Natalia turned 17 in January and Kobe paid tribute to her on social media. He shared a photo of her and wrote,
“Happy Birthday my baby. I love you beyond measure. You will always be my little Principessa #17."
Unlike Gianna who took after her father’s passion for basketball, Natalia is an exceptional volleyball player and Kobe supported it too. In fact, Natalia played for Mamba Volleyball Club which was established by her father. Kobe would also be present in all her games cheering her on.
But Natalia is also a lot like her mother. She inherited her mother’s beauty and flair for fashion. Her mother knows it and even shared a photo of them in January referring to her as her "twin."
It’s been six weeks since Kobe and Gianna died from a tragic helicopter crash. Though Vanessa and her remaining daughters are still reeling from their deaths, it’s good to know that they’re trying to move on.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
It’s a good thing Vanessa and Natalia have each other to lean on during this difficult time. And it’s a relief to see Natalia smile amid their heartbreak.