Natalia Bryant Reveals the Sweet Meaning Behind Her ‘Slim’ Necklace and Childhood Nickname From Dad Kobe Bryant
02.12.2022 - 03:55
Close to her heart. Natalia Bryant revealed the touching meaning behind the two necklaces she wears every day — and their connection to her late father, Kobe Bryant.
“This is a necklace that says ‘Slim.’ It was my nickname growing up,” the model, 19, explained in a video for Vogue‘s Beauty Secrets series that was published on Thursday, December 1, while showing the sparkly nameplate necklace to the camera. “I was just so eensy-teensy. All my jerseys said ‘Slim’ — I didn’t grow into the jerseys until I was older, so my dad always called me ‘Slim.'”
Natalia also showcased a second necklace that features a gold medallion honoring the Bryant family’s Mamba and Mambacita Foundation. The organization works to provide funding for underserved athletes in honor of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. “I actually wear this medallion with me all the time,” she confessed. “[The engraving] says ‘Dedication makes dreams come true.”
She continued: “It’s a quote from my dad, and it’s something I live by.”
The NBA legend — who also shares daughters Bianka, 5, and Capri, 3, with Vanessa Bryant — died in January 2020 at the age of 41 alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers when their helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California. The group were traveling to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice at the time.
Natalia has frequently shared her favorite memories of Kobe and Gianna since their tragic deaths. In September 2021, the University of Southern California student opened up about bonding with the athlete over their shared love of movies. “My dad and I would always watch as many movies as we can and we’d go on, like, movie marathons,” she said in a YouTube video for IMG Models. “And
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