Kobe Bryant’s daughter Natalia signs with IMG models and her mom Vanessa is ‘so happy’

Natalia Bryant is starting her modeling career! The 18-year-old daughter of Vanessa and the late Kobe Bryant has signed with IMG Models.

The famous agency broke the news Monday night, posting a stunning photo of the Bryants’ eldest son.

“I have always been interested in fashion from a very young age. I have a love for the industry and for as long as I can remember I wanted to model,” Natalia said in a statement. “There is a lot to learn, but I feel like this is a great opportunity to learn and express myself creatively.”

Natalia’s proud mom Vanessa quickly shared the post on her own account, writing, “@nataliabryant I’m so happy for you! I love you Nani! 😘❤️ 2/8”.

Natalia also fell in love with some of the best models in the industry.

Martha Hunt commented on the post, “Welcome to the beautiful @nataliabryant family !!! 🔥🙌😍”

Ashley Graham commented with heart emojis and applause. And Lily Aldridge shared a series of heart-eye emojis.

It has been a challenging year for Natalia and the Bryant family. In January 2020, Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a tragic helicopter crash with seven other friends on board. Last month, Vanessa honored Natalia on her 18th birthday, sharing how the teenager has helped the family through its most difficult year.

“You have shown so much strength and grace during the most difficult year of our lives,” Vanessa wrote to Natalia. “Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You are an amazing older sister and a beautiful role model to so many people.”

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