Natalia, the eldest daughter of the late sports legend Kobe Bryant, spoke to ‘Town & Country’ about her rising modeling career
Natalie Bryant had some serious nerves before strutting down her first catwalk.
When the 20 year old made her runway debut during the Versace show last September, she commanded the stage with poise and elegance — wearing a structural little black dress for he catwalk debut.
But before her big Milan Fashion Week moment, the rising model (whose parents are Vanessa Bryant and the late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant) was “completely terrified,” she told Town & Country in her new cover story, out now.
Once it was over, however, she was overcome with excitement. “I remember after I walked I turned to someone and said, ‘Oh my god, let’s do that again!’” she told the publication.
It seems like she definitely took her friend Gigi Hadid’s runway advice to heart. “I said to just try to take in the moment and let yourself remember it,” Hadid, who also walked the Versace presentation, told Vogue of the conversation she and Natalia had before the show.
Modeling for Natalia, who signed with IMG in 2021, is only one of the creative paths she plans to pursue.
She’s dabbled in the music industry as an intern for Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, an “amazing experience” that gave Bryant the chance to create imagery for the singer’s sold-out Renaissance tour, and is currently studying at the University of Southern California’s film school.
“I think it’s fun to have my foot in both worlds,” she said of working in fashion and film. “They’re both collaborative, and you meet so many different people."
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Natalia’s dedication to whatever project she pursues hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially by her mom.
"Natalia has always been able to accomplish anything she sets her mind to,” Vanessa told Town & Country. “Whether she’s at home with us, with her friends, at work or at school, Natalia always stays present and passionate in the face of any challenge. I’m so proud of everything she’s achieved and impressed by the kind, smart, and beautiful young woman I’ve seen her become.”
The mother-daughter duo starred in a Mother's Day campaign for Vogue and Bulgari in 2021.
"Over the years, she taught me confidence, and that beauty comes from the inside first," Natalia told Vogue of her and Vanessa’s bond. "Beauty fades, so be sure to be positive, confident and like who I am, my morals and views. That's definitely helped shape who I am as an individual."
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