Vanessa Marie Bryant is an American former model and philanthropist. She is the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash alongside the couple’s daughter Gianna in January 2020.

Born on May 5, 1982, in Huntington Beach, California, Bryant is of Mexican and Irish, English and German descent. She attended St. Boniface Parochial School in 1996 and was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad before transferring to Marina High School. She graduated with honors in 2000. Bryant has made appearances in numerous music videos for artists such as Tyrese, Ludacris, Pharrell, and Snoop Dogg.

On April 18, 2001, she married NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Vanessa was just 18 years old at that time. Their daughter, Natalia Diamante, was born in 2003. Due to an ectopic pregnancy, Vanessa suffered a miscarriage in the spring of 2005. On May 1, 2006, she gave birth to Gianna. On December 16, 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, and the couple requested joint custody of their daughters. On January 11, 2013, she announced via social media that they had called off their divorce. Their third daughter, Bianka Bella, was born in 2016. Their fourth daughter, Capri, was born in 2019, just six months before her father and sister tragically passed away.

On January 26, 2020, Kobe and Gianna died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California.

In an Instagram post shared on Friday, Vanessa shared side-by-side shots that showed a young Natalia and Gianna on the Italian island of Capri alongside a current shot of Bianka and Capri sitting on the same bench.

"Missing my baby girl, Gigi. My #2. Mambacita," she captioned the post.