Kobe Bryant’s daughter, Natalia, has found a new passion in modeling after quitting sports. Her change of heart came after the death of her father and younger sister.
The 18-year-old is showcasing her newfound love for modeling to her fanbase of more than 2.7 million followers on Instagram. This follows her appearance on Beyonce’s campaign for her new collection named “Halls of Ivy.”
In the Beyonce shoot, she posed in a houndstooth crop top and an oversized black and white suit, completing the look with luscious pigtails and long blue nails.
Left: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches tribute at AT&T Center on February 6, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Right: Natalia Bryant attends the Baby2Baby 10-Year Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 13, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
NATALIE’S LOVE FOR SPORTS
Natalia’s love for sports became apparent when her mother took her to the 2012 London Olympics. She was nine. She got her inspiration from Misty May-Treanor.
Treanor, who played and won beach volleyball, becoming one of the most successful players in history. Natalie loved it, and with her mother’s encouragement, she began playing volleyball and soon became a middle-blocker.
Vanessa, Kobe, Natalia, and Gianna Bryant at the premiere of “A Wrinkle In Time” on February 26, 2018, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
Seeing the teams go at it inspired her to play volleyball in college, but two months after the match, her father and sister passed on in the fateful helicopter accident.
The loss suddenly changed her view of the world. Speaking to Teen Vogue, she disclosed that she still loved the sport but had to quit due to everything going on after her father and sister’s demise.
She has since decided to take a break from playing a sport she loved so much. But since signing with IMG Studios at the beginning of the year, she has been staying occupied with her new ventures. She adds:
“I love the sport. I quit volleyball after the accident because I was so … a lot was going on at that time. I knew I didn’t… love volleyball as much as they love basketball.”
And even though she has taken on a new interest, she still holds the memories of her father and sister close. Asked how her family was doing, she says they are doing the best they can.
Natalia adds that they strive to keep Kobe and Gianna’s memories alive for her little sister and strive to live each day the way Kobe and Gianna would have wanted them to. Though bittersweet, she enjoys talking about her father.