While Vanessa Bryant and the late NBA legend’s 18-year-old daughter Natalia Bryant isn’t going to follow in his footsteps, Kobe Bryant would be proud of what she revealed on March 30, since he famously skipped college and joined the NBA out of high school.
After showing love for top schools in New York, California, and Oregon, the newly signed model decided she would study at the prestigious University of Southern California. Natalia Bryant posted a photo of herself on Instagram decked out in a USC shirt and hat. “See you soon @uscedu! Fight on,” she captioned the photo. Earlier in the day, Vanessa Bryant shared a precious video of Natalia right after she was accepted to USC. Natalia was so excited and kept saying “I got in.”
Vanessa Bryant captioned the Instagram video, “Tears of joy. I’m SO happy for you Nani! I know daddy is so PROUD OF YOU. I am so PROUD OF YOU!! Your hard work and dedication was so worth it. You pushed through the most excruciating pain imaginable and you succeeded. I wish Daddy and Gigi were physically here to celebrate but I know they’re here in spirit. We love you so much!”
Natalia’s mother gave her followers some insight into where Natalia wanted to enroll via her Instagram. “So cute” Vanessa Bryant posted on Jan. 13, sharing a picture of Natalia wearing a shirt bearing the purple logo of New York University.
“NYU is one of her top schools. ( @nataliabryant chose not to apply ED [early decision] to her top 5 schools). I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here. #CaliGirlForever.” On that same day, Vanessa Bryant posted a picture of Natalia wearing a University of Southern California logo. “Cali 4 Ever,” the mother captioned the pic.
There was also some speculation that Natalia Bryant would take a gap year to focus on her new career as a model. The young woman signed with IMG Models on Feb. 8, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
“I have always been interested in fashion since a very young age,” she told the publication. “I have a love for the industry, and ever since I can remember, I wanted to model. There is a lot to learn, but I feel this is a great opportunity for me to learn and express myself creatively.”