Vanessa Bryant wishes Gianna a happy 14th birthday


"I'm so proud of you, Gigi".

Kim Kardashian, 39, Khloe Kardashian, 35, Jennifer Lopez, 50, and more high-profile stars took to their social media accounts to honor the late daughter of Kobe Bryant by showing off pics of themselves wearing a special red bracelet that has her name and birthdate on it in white text and adding special birthday messages to them. "Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you", she wrote.

During the public memorial service for her husband and daughter on February 24 at Staples Center, Vanessa Bryant spoke of the bond she had with Gianna.

[Red heart emoji] Please use the hashtag #PlayGigisWay [heart emoji] Thank you.

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Like her father, Gianna was overly passionate about basketball and had adopted the name Mambacita, a Spanish adaptation of Kobe's nickname Black Mamba. I wish I could hold you and tell you how proud I am of you.

Vanessa Bryant is missing her daughter Gianna just a little bit more today.

"I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles", she continued. "I miss you so much everyday". Those who had been watching his second-oldest daughter come into her own as a basketball player, who had been paying close attention to the dynamic of the Bryant-family-of-six, knew that the world was going to miss out on something special.

Last month (Apr20), Gianna was made an honorary pick for the Women's National Basketball Association draft, alongside Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, who also died in the helicopter crash that claimed her young life. In honor of Gianna Bryant's birthday, here is a series of photos to commemorate her life.