Natalia Bryant is ready to take that Mamba Mentality to school! On March 30, the eldest daughter of Vanessa and Kobe Bryant documented the exact moment she found out she’d been accepted to the University of Southern California, and it immediately lit up smiles across the internet. “I got in! I got in!” Natalia cheered as Vanessa beamed with pride. “Tears of joy,” the proud mama wrote on Instagram. “I’m SO happy for you Nani! I know daddy is so PROUD OF YOU. I am so PROUD OF YOU!! 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. We love you so much! #USC #Trojan #FightOn ❤️.”
I mean, I never thought I’d be shedding actual tears over someone else’s college acceptance, but it’s impossible not to think about how truly special this moment was for the Bryant family. In anticipation of the admissions decision day, Vanessa had a huge surprise waiting for her daughter in their guest room. The room was filled with USC merchandise, cardinal and gold balloons, and a custom pair of Kobe’s signature Nike shoes that Vanessa said took three months to make! NYU was one of Natalia’s top choices, and she’d been accepted into the University of Oregon last month, but there’s no feeling that compares to getting accepted to your dream school and number-one choice.
Check out all the heartwarming videos of Natalia celebrating her acceptance ahead, and congratulations to the class of 2025!