Natalia Bryant, the eldest daughter of Vanessa and the late great basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, has signed a deal with IMG Models.
It’s not surprising that Bryant and her mother took the development as a big deal. Natalia, who marked her 18th birthday last month, took to social media to announce the deal. She wrote on Instagram:
“I have always been interested in fashion since a very young age. 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.”
The senior vice president of IMG, Maja Chiesi, said: “We’re honored to partner with Natalia in shaping her career in fashion and beauty. We look forward to connecting her with fresh, exciting opportunities that showcase her multifaceted personality and look.”
IMG Models is one of the world’s leading model management agencies. The agency manages some of the biggest names in the modeling industry and operates in the US, Europe, and Australia. With the endorsement, Natalia is in good company that includes established names in the modeling industry such as Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Maria Borges. She will also be joining other newly signed models, including poet Amanda Gorman and Ella Emhoff, VP Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter.
The announcement comes on the back of a difficult year for the Bryant family. In January 2020, Natalia lost her father, Kobe, and 13-year old sister, Gianna, to a helicopter crash that killed everyone aboard.
Natalia Bryant has also been accepted to the University of Oregon. One of the many college admission for the 18-year-old. Her college decision has yet to be reveal. But Vanessa Bryant shared a social media post of Natalia in a NYU sweater with the caption, “I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here. 😂😋 #CaliGirlForever☀️🌴”
Ali Bouldin is a freelance writer within the Black and Hip-Hop culture. With featured articles in multiple publications.