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WATCH: Vanessa Bryant says Kobe would be ‘so proud’ of college-bound daughter

Delfin Dioquino
WATCH: Vanessa Bryant says Kobe would be ‘so proud’ of college-bound daughter

MAMBA MENTALITY. Natalia Bryant 'pushed through the most excruciating pain imaginable,' says her mom Vanessa.

Photo from Instagram/@nataliabryant

Natalia Bryant, the eldest daughter of late NBA great Kobe, gets admitted to her 'top school' University of Southern California

The widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant turned emotional as their eldest daughter celebrated her latest college acceptance.

Vanessa Bryant remembered her late husband after announcing that their 18-year-old daughter Natalia got admitted to her “top school” University of Southern California (USC).

“I know daddy is so proud of you. I am so proud of you! Your hard work and dedication [were] so worth it,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram.

“You pushed through the most excruciating pain imaginable and you succeeded,” Vanessa added.

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in January 2020 along with 7 other people.

“I wish daddy and Gigi were physically here to celebrate but I know they’re here in spirit,” Vanessa added.

In true Bryant fashion, Vanessa gifted Natalia a custom pair of Nike Kobe 4 with the USC initials embellished on the back of the shoe.

Aside from USC, Natalia – a volleyball player in high school – also got accepted into the University of Oregon, University of California Irvine, and Loyola Marymount University. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.