By Laura Harman
Vanessa Bryant’s husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in January 2020. Vanessa has recently showed off the adorable way that she has paid tribute to her late husband and daughter.
Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram to show fans that she was getting a tattoo to commemorate her late husband and daughter. She posted several videos during her tattoo appointment and finally posted the completed art on her arm that is in memory of her husband and young daughter.
Vanessa had the word 'Mambacita' tattoed on her arm with a butterfly and a heart. She captioned the image, “Mambacita #Gianna #Gigi #2.” The nickname ‘Mambacita’ is derived from Kobe Bryant’s nickname ‘Black Mamba,’ which was Kobe’s nickname when he was a basketball player for the LA Lakers.
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Vannessa joked around in some of the videos and told her tattoo artist that she planned to get a facial tattoo under her eyes. 'I'm going to get Mamba mentality right here,” she said as she pointed at the space between her cheeks and eyes.
Fans loved this post from Vanessa and many have taken to her platform to support the star. One fan said, “It’s beautiful. I can’t even imagine the pain you’ve been through. I can see the sadness in your eyes.”
Another fan said, “I have not stopped praying for you and your girls since that horrible January morning. I admire your strength and resilience. As a mother and wife myself, my heart still aches for you. Always with you strong momma!”
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident in January 2020. The other passengers of this aircraft, including his daughter Gianna and her teammates also aged just 13 and 14 were also killed in the crash. The cause of the crash only came to light in 2021, almost a year after the incident took the lives of all of the passengers on board.
Vanessa has been very open about her grief and has spoken about the loss of her daughter and husband on numerous occasions. In January 2021, Vanessa Bryant shared a heart-breaking letter one year on after her husband and daughter’s death. The letter was from her daughter’s best friend who shared with Vanessa how much she missed Gigi.
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