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Kobe Bryant’s daughter Natalia, 18, shares sweet snaps in pink gown for prom

Kobe Bryant‘s 18-year-old daughter Natalia shared a heartwarming Instagram snap of herself all dressed up for her senior prom.

Natalia posted the picture Monday evening two nights after the event – which her mother Vanessa revealed she ‘almost missed’ over the weekend.

Her senior prom was scheduled the same evening as her late father’s induction ceremony into the NBA Hall Of Fame.

‘Prom!’: Kobe Bryant’s 18-year-old daughter Natalia shared a heartwarming Instagram snap of herself all dressed up for her senior prom

She got a comment reading: ‘I love you baby!’ from her mother as well as gushing praise from various famous names.

Lily Collins, Kelly Rowland, Bella B. Harris, Yara Shahidi, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Meyer were among the celebrities who commented.

Natalia also posted Insta Stories footage of herself in her bubblegum pink prom dress and affectionately spoofed The Princess Diaries.

Recreating a scene from the movie, she appeared in her normal clothes and mouthed along to Anne Hathaway saying: ‘A- a princess? Shut UP!’

So sweet: She got a comment reading: 'I love you baby!' from her mother as well as gushing praise from various famous names

So sweet: She got a comment reading: ‘I love you baby!’ from her mother as well as gushing praise from various famous names

So sweet: Natalia also posted Insta Stories footage of herself in her bubblegum pink prom dress and affectionately spoofed The Princess Diaries

So sweet: Natalia also posted Insta Stories footage of herself in her bubblegum pink prom dress and affectionately spoofed The Princess Diaries

Recreating a scene from the movie: She appeared in her normal clothes and mouthed along to Anne Hathaway saying: 'A- a princess? Shut UP!'

Recreating a scene from the movie: She appeared in her normal clothes and mouthed along to Anne Hathaway saying: ‘A- a princess? Shut UP!’

Ready to go: Her Stories then cut to clips of her twirling around in her frock, in a nod to the way Anne's frumpy character in the movie is transformed into a glamorous royal

Ready to go: Her Stories then cut to clips of her twirling around in her frock, in a nod to the way Anne’s frumpy character in the movie is transformed into a glamorous royal

Her Stories then cut to clips of her twirling around in her frock, in a nod to the way Anne’s frumpy character in the movie is transformed into a glamorous royal. 

Although Vanessa was at Kobe’s induction she did make her presence felt on Natalia’s prom night with help from party planner Mindy Weiss.

Natalia posted an Insta Stories snap of a living room with a huge pink balloon display covering the ceiling and spelling out ‘PROM’ against the curtains.

She also had some help from her ‘Auntie Celi’ in ‘Getting ready for prom,’ she revealed in a selfie she posted Monday night. 

There in spirit: Although Vanessa was at Kobe's induction she did make her presence felt on Natalia's prom night with help from party planner Mindy Weiss

There in spirit: Although Vanessa was at Kobe’s induction she did make her presence felt on Natalia’s prom night with help from party planner Mindy Weiss

Pulling out the stops: Natalia posted an Insta Stories snap of a living room with a huge pink balloon display covering the ceiling and spelling out 'PROM' against the curtains

Pulling out the stops: Natalia posted an Insta Stories snap of a living room with a huge pink balloon display covering the ceiling and spelling out ‘PROM’ against the curtains

Support system: She also had some help from her 'Auntie Celi' in 'Getting ready for prom,' she revealed in a selfie she posted Monday night

Support system: She also had some help from her ‘Auntie Celi’ in ‘Getting ready for prom,’ she revealed in a selfie she posted Monday night

Natalia lost her father and 13-year-old sister Gianna last January in a tragic helicopter crash that also claimed seven other lives. 

Kobe’s posthumous Hall Of Fame induction was initially scheduled for last August before being postponed to this month on account of the pandemic.

Natalia, the eldest of his four daughters, was on hand for the Awards Gala on Friday night but had to skip the actual induction on Saturday for her prom. 

On Sunday Vanessa posted a sweet selfie with Natalia and wrote in the caption: ‘Natalia almost missed her senior prom last night.’ 

Conflict: On Sunday Vanessa posted a sweet selfie with Natalia and wrote in the caption: 'Natalia almost missed her senior prom last night'

Conflict: On Sunday Vanessa posted a sweet selfie with Natalia and wrote in the caption: ‘Natalia almost missed her senior prom last night’

Breaking pattern: Vanessa revealed: 'When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged and he had a playoff game the night of my prom'

Breaking pattern: Vanessa revealed: ‘When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged and he had a playoff game the night of my prom’

Changing it up: Although Vanessa skipped her prom because 'Kobe didn’t want me going to prom without him and I didn’t want to go without him,' Natalia went to hers

Changing it up: Although Vanessa skipped her prom because ‘Kobe didn’t want me going to prom without him and I didn’t want to go without him,’ Natalia went to hers

Happier times: Natalia lost her father and 13-year-old sister Gianna last January in a tragic helicopter crash that also claimed seven other lives

Happier times: Natalia lost her father and 13-year-old sister Gianna last January in a tragic helicopter crash that also claimed seven other lives

Vanessa continued: ‘When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged and he had a playoff game the night of my prom. Kobe didn’t want me going to prom without him and I didn’t want to go without him.’

Kobe and Vanessa met when he was 21 and she was 17, becoming engaged while she was still a senior in high school. 

Vanessa wrote this Sunday: ‘When we heard Natalia’s prom night and Kobe’s Hall of Fame night were on the same night, I looked at Natalia and said,” well if it’s any consolation, daddy kept me from going to my prom, so it’s only right that he tried to keep you from going to yours.”‘

Posthumous honor: Vanessa is pictured onstage at Kobe's induction ceremony into the NBA Hall Of Fame on Saturday night while Natalia was at prom

Posthumous honor: Vanessa is pictured onstage at Kobe’s induction ceremony into the NBA Hall Of Fame on Saturday night while Natalia was at prom

Making it work: Natalia, the eldest of Kobe's four daughters, was on hand for the Awards Gala on Friday night where she is pictured onstage with her mother

Making it work: Natalia, the eldest of Kobe’s four daughters, was on hand for the Awards Gala on Friday night where she is pictured onstage with her mother

She added: ‘Of course we laughed because even in heaven, he’s still trying to make moves and keep the boys away.’

Vanessa reflected: ‘Natalia’s experienced so much loss, I couldn’t let her miss out on her once in a lifetime opportunity to go to her senior prom. Thank you for flying out to accept daddy’s Hall of Fame jacket and fly home the next morning.’

When Kobe himself was just 17 he attended his senior prom with the singer Brandy whose little brother is Kim Kardashian’s sex tape co-star Ray J. 

The way they were: Kobe and Vanessa are pictured together during their engagement in October 2000 when she was 18 and he was 22

The way they were: Kobe and Vanessa are pictured together during their engagement in October 2000 when she was 18 and he was 22


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