Natalia Bryant, eldest daughter of the late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, has taken up modelling as a profession.
It has been a tragic year for the NBA and sports fandom all over the world, since Kobe Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash on 26th January last year, along with his daughter Gianna.
The harrowing incident left the basketball fandom traumatised, and especially Kobe’s widowed wife Vanessa Bryant, who was left with Natalia and two other daughters younger than Gianna.
Kobe’s daughter Natalia Bryant signs modelling deal with IMG
Amidst all that, Natalia, who turned 18 on 19th January this year, brings jolly news as the oldest of four sisters has joined IMG Models Worldwide, as the modelling agency shared the news on Instagram yesterday.
“I have always been interested in fashion since a very young age. I have a love for the industry and ever since I can remember I wanted to model,” Natalia was quoted by IMG, “There is a lot to learn but I feel this is a great opportunity for me to learn and express myself creatively.
“I am beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of the IMG family!!♥️♥️♥️ @imgmodels” the teenager herself posted on her own Instagram handle.
“I’m so happy for you! I love you Nani!” Vanessa also shared her joy with a follow up post.
Back in January, just a week before Natalia turned 18, Vanessa revealed to the netizens about the oldest Bryant daughter’s college options, picking either between New York University or University of Southern California, the latter to keep her daughter close.
While Mamba’s oldest girl is set to be on the runway, Gianna was a basketball prospect and underwent training at the Mamba Sports Academy under Kobe’s coaching and was a regular attendee of Lakers, University of Connecticut and WNBA matches. Unfortunately, the young prodigy and her love for basketball passed away, along with her father.