Wednesday, March 15, Vanessa Bryant appeared as a proud wife and mother during the unveiling of her late husband Kobe Bryant’s handprints and footprints at the legendary Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The lovely beauty, age 40, brought daughters Natalia, 19, Bianka, 6, and Capri, 3, to memorialize their NBA legend father and sister Gianna, both of whom perished in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
Natalia gave a great speech at the ceremony, comparing Kobe to the MVP of girl dads, while resembling her famous father in appearance, according to People. As a touching gesture, Bianka and Capri placed their hands within the imprints of their father’s hands on the pavement of the renowned theater.
Natalia said, “I advise you to put your hands in his and put yourself in his shoes for a second.” This will be a treasure for the city of Los Angeles and all of my father’s followers throughout the world.
Remembering Kobe Bryant
Kobe was the first athlete to have his hands and feet stamped in cement at the iconic Chinese Theatre in 2011 when he made the impression.
To honor him and pay tribute to his love of Los Angeles, the theater chose to permanently install his handprints and footprints in the Hollywood Boulevard venue’s forecourt.
Vanessa returned to the Lakers‘ arena last week for the first time since the memorial ceremony for Kobe and Gianna in February 2020.
She paid honor to Paul Gasol, Kobe Bryant’s friend, and teammate, whose jersey was being retired. After the event, Paul said to Vanessa, “I love you, sister.” “I am honored to be your sibling. I am honored to be an uncle to your beautiful girls.”
The handprint ceremony also follows the announcement that Kobe’s widow has reached a $28.5 million settlement with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors over the leaking of photographs of the helicopter crash.
Vanessa’s attorney said in a March statement to People, Today marks the successful conclusion of Mrs. Bryant’s valiant battle to hold accountable those who engaged in this horrible act.
She battled for her husband, her daughter, and any members of the community whose deceased family members were treated with the same disdain. We hope her triumph in court and her compensation will put an end to this practice.