Natalia Bryant was accepted into the University of Southern California on Tuesday to the excitement and delight of her family and closest friends. Vanessa Bryant shared moving images of the moment Natalia found out she had entered University of Los Angeles and expressed her pride and joy in her eldest daughter.
” Tears of joy. I’m so happy for you Nani! I know daddy is so proud of you. I’m so proud of you!! Your hard work and dedication was totally worth it, ”captioned Vanessa in the video.
“You’ve been through the most excruciating pain imaginable and you’ve made it. I wish Dad and Gigi were physically here to celebrate but I know they’re here in spirit. We love you so much! #USC #Trojan #FightOn »
Ahead of this momentous occasion, Vanessa had cardinal and gold balloons inflated for her 18-year-old daughter as well as many school products, which she joked that she would have gotten rid of if Natalia hadn’t been accepted.
“Congratulations Nani Banani !!!!!! If you hadn’t been accepted, I should have stabbed those balloons in the spare bedroom and thrown it all away. “Thank you my God you came in 😃❤️🤞🏽” Vanessa joked.
Kobe’s widow also gave Natalia personalized Nike USC Black Mamba sneakers for her late father to accompany her “every step of the way.”
“I had these shoes made for @nataliabryant in the hope that she gets to her best school,” Vanessa, 38, wrote. “Dad and Gigi are STILL here. Forever and always Principessa. ❤️ # USC #TROJAN ✌🏽 # FIGHTON »
Natalia, who was also accepted to Loyola Marymount and the University of Oregon, later confirmed she would be heading to USC in the fall.
“See you soon @uscedu! ❤️💛 ”, she captioned a photo of herself wearing a USC baseball cap and shirt. “Fight On✌🏽”
Vanessa and Kobe married in 2001 and shared their daughters Natalia, Gianna, Bianka and Capri. The Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine tragic deaths in a helicopter crash in California in January 2020. Kobe was 41 years old.