From Lakers sweetheart to Trojan, Natalia Bryant has officially accepted her admission to the University of Southern California.
Natalia was ecstatic to be welcomed into her dream school. Her mother Vanessa shared a video on Instagram of her daughters reaction to the news.
Natalia Bryant after getting into USC. Amazing. 👏
💜💛 (via IG/VanessaBryant) pic.twitter.com/rDvUevqCtX
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) March 30, 2021
“Your hard work and dedication was so worth it. 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.” wrote Vanessa in the caption of the video.
The proud mama also shared a video of her spoiling Natalia with USC themed balloons, apparel, and a custom pair of Kobe Nikes.
The shoes are the university’s colors, cardinal and gold and feature the USC logo on the back of the heel. The iconic Black Mamba logo sits on the tongue of the shoe and Kobe’s signature is above the sole.
Vanessa Bryant surprised Natalia Bryant with a special Kobe 4 after being accepted into USC 🙏 pic.twitter.com/i9vLSXjWqp
— B/R Kicks (@brkicks) March 31, 2021
The meaningful gift is to remind the 18-year-old that her father is still with her “every step of the way.”
Vanessa snagged her own pair of the custom shoes and shared a photo of them on Instagram.
“I get to rep 2 of my babies,” wrote the new Trojan mom.
Custom Kobe 4s in celebration of Natalia Bryant getting accepted into USC. 🙏🏽❤️💛💜
(IG // VanessaBryant) pic.twitter.com/nsuLLE095r
— SoleSavy (@SoleSavy) March 31, 2021
Natalia also got accepted into the University of Oregon, University of California Irvine, Loyola Marymount University and applied to New York University.
However, Vanessa had her fingers crossed that she could keep her baby close to home
“So glad you got accepted but too far… j/k,” Vanessa commented on Natalia’s acceptance to LMU.
Natalia kicking off her college journey is definitely an accomplishment to be celebrated.
Vanessa opened up to PEOPLE about how proud she is of her eldest daughter.
“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,” said Vanessa.
There is no doubt that Natalia’s resilience thus far is a hint at what she will accomplish in her future as a USC Trojan.