The Rise of Natalia Bryant

If you’re a Kobe Bryant fan, you’re watching the rise of Natalia with pride, knowing her father’s legacy will live on through his IMG model daughter. As a fan throughout the 90s, it goes without saying: when Kobe played, nothing else mattered. Now, a new generation will experience six-foot-tall Natalia, who will be heard when she has something to say. 

The California-bred teen opened up to Teen Vogue about her experience losing her father and the memories she still holds as a move marking the first cover in her young career. Currently, she’s under the wing of her father’s legacy and famously trademarked Kobe as the “best girl dad,” and though that carries a tremendous amount of weight, the world is cheering and taking notes engaged in her potential. We all want to see what she does with the lessons and values Kobe taught her because we’re still looking for Kobe to save the day, but this time through Natalia.

Though young, Natalia inspires many. Here are our favorite 2021 highlights of her so far:

Natalia’s Senior Prom

According to Vanessa Bryant’s Instagram, Natalia almost missed her senior prom, a joke they say orchestrated by Kobe. “When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged, and he had a playoff game the night of my prom. Kobe didn’t want me going to prom without him, and I didn’t want to go without him. When we heard Natalia’s prom night and Kobe’s Hall of Fame night was on the same night, I looked at Natalia and said, ‘well, if it’s any consolation, daddy kept me from going to my prom, so it’s only right that he tried to keep you from going to yours.’” It was nice to see Natalia enjoying the final days of high school in a pink dress accessorized with a pendant necklace, nude heels, and a matching corset.

Photo credit: Natalia Bryant IG

Natalia Honors Kobe

Kobe was posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where Natalia famously wore her father’s jacket. This image signifies the support and bond between her mother and a “pass the torch” moment as Natalia prepares for her freshman year at USC.

Photo credit: Lakers Daily

Natalia at the Met Gala

The 18-year-old made her debut at The Met Gala serving stunning looks in a multi-colored dress by Conner Ives and wearing her hair in a 1960s inspired half-up, half-down style. This look was timeless and came after the IMG announcement. 

Photo credit: Natalia Bryant IG

 

Her work has been published in Refinery29, Elite Daily, the Copenhagen Post, and more. She studies public relations and corporate relations at NYU. She loves reading, cheese plates, reality TV, and event planning. She lives in Williamsburg, but Miami is her second home. Follow her on Instagram @alyssa_s_ashley.

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