Vanessa Bryant and Daughter Natalia Share Emotional Milestone as She Heads Off to USC

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After shedding tears of joy when Natalia Bryant was accepted to the University of Southern California back in March, then cheering her on when she graduated with a touching tribute to father Kobe and sister Gianna, Vanessa Bryant is now celebrating another one of her daughter’s milestones. On Aug. 18, Vanessa shared an adorable family photo of her, Bianka, Capri, and Natalia as they dropped off the latter for her first year at USC. “Today was rough,” the caption read. “This was before the tears came down. Missing 篆orever. I love you @nataliabryant BE EPIC and FIGHT ON. 歹” Natalia then commented on her mother’s post, saying, “I love you!!!”

In March, Vanessa shared the news of Natalia’s acceptance with a video of her daughter’s reaction. “Your hard work and dedication was so worth it,” she wrote. “You pushed through the most excruciating pain imaginable and you succeeded. I wish Daddy and Gigi were physically here to celebrate but I know they’re here in spirit. We love you so much!”

For People‘s Women Changing the World issue that same month, Vanessa shared just how proud she was of Natalia and everything she had accomplished. “I’m extremely proud of Natalia,” she told the outlet. “On top of her own grief, she has balanced her senior year of high school, applying to colleges, nurturing her sisters, and just recently signing her own modeling contract with IMG.”