December 9, 2022

Vanessa Bryant has penned a candy tribute to her late daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, on what would have been the latter’s sixteenth birthday.

Vanessa uploaded an animated sketch of Gigi on her Instagram web page Sunday and hailed the daughter’s “greatness” and generosity in a one-minute video, which additionally encompasses a sketch of her late husband, Kobe Bryant.

“Expensive Gianna, from the primary time you imagined profitable a WNBA championship, I knew one factor was actual. You have been particular,” a lady’s voice narrated. “You got here from greatness, but it surely was by no means about what you inherited.  It was about what you gave to others. When somebody stands up for gender equality, I see you preventing alongside of them.”

The brief additionally encompasses a sketch of Kobe, who died in a airplane crash in 2020.

The brief clip exhibits Gigi in her Mamba jersey, smiling and dribbling the basketball earlier than making a soar shot. In a single slide, Gigi is proven leaning on Kobe’s shoulder as he offers her a kiss on the brow.

“It was about what you gave to others. When somebody stands up for gender equality, I see you preventing alongside them. And each time somebody performs her hardest, I do know that is you on the courtroom. Love you at all times, basketball,” the voiceover continued.

The brief video tribute was made in the identical model as Kobe’s 2018 award-winning animated brief movie, “Expensive Basketball.” 

The 39-year-old mom captioned her publish, “Love you at all times! Comfortable Birthday, Gianna.” She included the hashtags “Mambacita” and “2,” Gigi’s nickname and jersey quantity.

Vanessa’s buddies flocked to the feedback part and praised her for her lovely tribute to Gigi.

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“Vanessa this was completely BEAUTIFUL. Comfortable birthday Gigi thanks for persevering with to encourage,” WNBA star Candace Parker wrote.

Kelly Rowland dropped a number of black coronary heart emojis and wrote, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIGI!!!” Singer Ciara stated, “So lovely V. Comfortable Birthday Gigi! At all times in our hearts. #2 Ceaselessly.”

Gigi’s older sister, 19-year-old Natalia, additionally posted an Instagram tribute to her sister Sunday.

“Comfortable candy sixteen my dearest gigi♥️I really like you to the moon and again _ without end & at all times,” Natalia stated.

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