Vanessa Bryant Honors Late Daughter Gianna on What Would’ve Been Her 14th Birthday

Vanessa Bryant pays tribute to her daughter Gianna — who was killed with father Kobe Bryant and seven others in a January 26 helicopter crash — on what would have been her 14th birthday.

Friday on Instagram, Vanessa wished her daughter, also known as Gigi, a happy birthday by sharing a picture of the teenager wearing festive Disney gear at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.

“Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna. Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you. You are part of MY SOUL forever,” Vanessa captioned the post. “I miss you so much everyday. I wish I could wake up and have you here with me. I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles. I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!!”

That day, Vanessa also posted a picture of herself wearing a red sweatshirt and a red wristband that said “Gigi Bryant [heart] Mambacita,” noting how Gianna loved to wear a red bow in all of her school pictures. (Gianna’s nickname of “Mambacita” is derived from Kobe’s nickname of “Black Mamba”)

“Red means love and life,” Vanessa explained.

To commemorate Gianna’s memory and birthday, Vanessa asked her social media followers to wear red and to “caption an act of kindness or show how you will play Gigi’s way since she always gave everything she did her all” with the hashtag, #PlayGigisWay.

At Kobe and Gianna’s memorial service at the Staples Center on February 24, Vanessa gave a speech where she remembered Gianna as “the most loving daughter” and the “thoughtful little sister and silly big sister” to siblings Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 10 months.

“Gigi was very sweet. She always made sure everyone was OK. She was our shepherd. She always kept our family together,” Vanessa told the audience. “She loved family traditions. Family movie night and game night on vacations were important to her.”

“We love you both and miss you. Forever and always, Mommy,” she concluded.

May Gianna, Kobe, and the seven other victims of the tragic crash rest in peace.


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