Vanessa Bryant honors the late daughter Gigi Bryant on the occasion of what would have been her 15th birthday
Vanessa Bryant paid tribute to her late daughter Gigi on what would have been her 15th birthday, a year after she was killed in a helicopter crash next to her father Kobe Bryant.
To celebrate the date, the 38-year-old Mambacita founder shared a retrospective of her little girl’s childhood as they hugged and smiled cheerfully at the camera.
“Dear Gianna, Happy 15th Birthday!” Vanessa captioned the photo. ‘I love you! I miss you everyday! I wish you were here with us. ‘
Memories: Vanessa Bryant paid tribute to her late daughter Gigi on what would have been her 15th birthday, a year after she died in a helicopter crash next to father Kobe Bryant
She continued: “There are no words to express how much I miss you. I love you Mamacita! ❤️ ‘
Her post comes just one day after the unveiling of the launch of a new Mambacita clothing line to honor Gigi’s life and legacy.
Available soon- 5/1. In honor of my Gigi’s 15th birthday ❤️ Congratulations, Gigi! 100% of the proceeds will go to the available sizes of the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation Unisex and Kids, ‘she captioned a series of slides modeling tracksuits alongside her daughter Natalia, 18.
Tribute: To mark the date, Mambacita’s 38-year-old founder posted a throwback from childhood in which they cuddled while smiling brightly at the camera
Their long dark locks and beautifully made-up faces were on display wearing tie-dye sweatshirts and joggers in black and pink, all adorned with the Mambacita logo on the front.
The pants have an image of the number 2 with a heart around it, a nod to Gianna’s basketball jersey number.
All proceeds from the apparel will go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, the Bryant family charity established to advance the Kobe and Gianna legacy through charitable endeavors in sports.
New Project: Her post comes just one day after the unveiling of the launch of a new Mambacita clothing line to honor Gig’s life and legacy
Adorable: Vanessa’s youngest daughter, 21-month-old Capri, looked absolutely adorable in a photo of her wearing a kids’ hoodie and matching red bow
The 501 (c) (3) organization was originally called the Mamba Sports Foundation, but was renamed to also honor Vanessa and Kobe’s daughter, Gigi, who was only 13 years old when she died along with her father in a tragic helicopter crash. , teammates and their parents on January 26, 2020.
The foundation’s focus is the empowerment of young girls and providing equal opportunities to underserved athletes – something Kobe has always been an advocate of.
In March, Kobe Bryant LLC filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office to seek trademarks for such phrases as Lady Mambas, Lil Mambas, Mamba Sports Academy, and Mambacitas.
The company joined the late basketball player, who was 41 when he died, and his family told patent officials that the line would be used for items of clothing such as tops, dresses, pants, socks and hooded sweatshirts; and activewear including footwear and tires, according to TMZ.
Charity: All proceeds from the clothing will go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, the Bryant family charity set up to advance the Kobe and Gianna legacy through charitable endeavors in the sport (the two broke up in July 2019 )
According to the outlet, the move could have been to preemptively block people from trying to cash in on the family’s popularity with the accompanying phrases. (Tom Brady took a similar move two years ago with the phrase Tom Terrific, and the trademark was denied.)
Also in March, Vanessa also got a ‘Mambacita’ tattoo on her wrist as a tribute to her late husband, whose nickname on court was Black Mamba.
She then spoke of the unimaginable pain and her journey through grief after their devastating death.
Bryant recently shared how she coped with the loss by focusing on “ finding the light in the darkness, ” she said in the People magazine editorial.
Strong Women: In March, Vanessa spoke out about the unimaginable pain – as well as her journey through grief and resilience – after their deaths
“Crying in bed won’t change the fact that my family will never be the same again. But getting out of bed and pushing forward will make the day better for my girls and for me. So that’s what I do. ‘
“My girls help me smile through the pain,” Vanessa revealed to the magazine.
Kobe and Vanessa are also parents to daughters Bianka, four, and Capri, 21 months old, adding, “They give me strength.”
Vanessa said some days are more difficult than others, with the pain bringing her to her knees: ‘I can’t say I’m strong every day. I can’t say there aren’t days when I feel like I can’t survive the next. ‘
From the Heart: After Kobe and Gigi’s death, Vanessa thanked everyone who supported and loved her and her family by sharing a sweet family photo
Motivation: “My girls help me smile through the pain,” Vanessa revealed to the magazine. Kobe and Vanessa are also parents to daughters Bianka, four, and Capri, 21 months old, adding: ‘They give me strength’
‘The pain is unimaginable [but] all you have to do is get up and push forward, ”she continued. ‘I think the best way to describe it is that Kobe and Gigi motivated me to keep going. They inspire me to do my best and get better every day. Their love is unconditional and they motivate me in so many ways. ‘
Kobe died on Sunday, January 26, 2020 after his helicopter crashed into a hill in Calabasas, California alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others: John Altobelli, 56, Keri Altobelli, 46, Alyssa Altobelli, 14, Payton Chester, 13, Sarah Chester, 45 , Christina Mauser, 38, and pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.
They flew from Orange County to the Mamba Sports Academy, which he founded, in Thousand Oaks, California.
He would coach his daughter in the Mamba Cup Tournament Series.
Gigi was a rising star in women’s basketball, playing on the amateur girls’ team coached by her father at his Mamba Academy. Kobe trademarked the name ‘Mambacita’ shortly before they died.
Family: Vanessa and Kobe pictured with daughters Natalia and Gigi at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on June 22, 2010 with Goofy
Close couple: Kobe and Vanessa were seen in LA in November 2019, less than three months before his death in a helicopter crash