Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Natalia Bryant, 18, signed a modeling contract with IMG Models.
Natalia, who turned 18 last month, is Kobe’s eldest child.
The basketball great icon passed on, fatally, in a helicopter crash with her other daughter Gianna last year, 2020.
On Monday night, the multinational modeling agency disclosed that Natalia had joined its roster.
“NOW REPRESENTING: #NataliaBryant! “NOW REPRESENTING: #NataliaBryant!
— IMG Models (@IMGmodels) February 9, 2021
A quotation from Natalia Bryant was also included in the caption, which explained how she actually wanted to model.
“Since a very young age, I have always been interested in design. I love the industry and I have tried to model ever since I can remember. There’s a lot to remember, but I feel like this is a perfect place for me to learn creatively and express myself.
She also announced this on her own Instagram page and added: “I am beyond grateful and so proud to be part of the IMG team! ”
Senior Vice President Maja Chiesi of IMG Models said in a statement: “Natalia has such a bright future ahead of her, and from our first encounter, we were taken aback by her beauty, talent and drive.”
“We’re proud to work with Natalia in defining her career in fashion and beauty, and we look forward to providing her with fresh, exciting opportunities that showcase her multifaceted personality and look.”
On Instagram, Proud Mom Vanessa, 38, also shared the news, writing: “I’m so happy for you! I love you Nani!”
The exciting news came just 2 weeks after the anniversary of the horrific death of Kobe Bryant on January 26th, 2020.
Kobe and Gianna were on their way to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for basketball practice at the time when the incident happened. The basketball legend and daughter Gianna were among the nine who died in a helicopter crash. Kobe was 41, while Gianna was just 13.
Basketball coach John Altobelli; his partner, Keri; and their daughter, Alyssa; Payton Chester and her girlfriend, Sarah; Christina Mauser; and pilot Ara Zobayan were the seven other passengers who also lost their lives.