Vanessa Bryant is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and model. She met Koby Bryant at the age of 17 during the shoot of Snoop Dogg’s song, G’d Up. The couple soon became engaged and married in April 2001.
Vanessa Bryant Personal Life
Vanessa Bryant was born on 5th May 1982 in Los Angeles, California, United States to Sofia Laine, a shipping clerk at an electronics company, and her father’s name is unavailable. When she was small, her parents got divorced. She has an elder sister named Sophie.
In 1990, her mother got married for the second time to Stephen Laine, who worked as a middle manager at the same electronics company that she worked in. In 2000, Vanessa officially changed her name to Vanessa Marie Laine, even though she was never officially adopted by her step-father.
Vanessa Bryant Career
In November 1999, Vanessa Bryant appeared in the music video for the song G’d Up. In 2007, she along with her husband founded the VIVO Foundation, which was later renamed the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation. It offers scholarships to minority students and other young people around the world. This charity partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She along with her husband were the founders of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In 2020, after the death of her husband and eldest second daughter, Vanessa Bryant changed the name of her husband’s Mamba Sports Foundation to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation in honor of her daughter. It supports poor child athletes. In May 2021, she launched the clothing line Mambacita in honor of her daughter Gianna. The line is a collaboration with the women’s brand Dannijo, with all proceeds going to the Mambacita Sports Foundation. She was president and CEO of Granity Studios. She also worked with Baby2Baby to support women and children living in poverty.
Vanessa Bryant Relationship
When she was 17 years old, Vanessa Bryant met Kobe Bryant. She shot for Snoop Dogg’s song, G’d Up, and Kobe Bryant recorded the track in the building. The couple soon became engaged and married in April 2001 in Dana Point, California. In April 2011, the couple celebrated their 10th anniversary. Things took a turn in December 2011 when Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce without giving a specific reason. The couple then changed their minds and went ahead with the wedding.
The couple had four daughters – Natalia Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Bella Bryant, and Capri Kobe Bryant.
In January 2020, Kobe Bryant and their daughter, Gianna Bryant, died in a helicopter crash.
Vanessa Bryant tries to be with her husband even after the death of Kobe Bryant. She sued Los Angeles County for violating her family’s privacy by photographing the bodies of her husband and daughter. In February 2023, her family received a $28.85 million settlement from Los Angeles to end the fight against those she accused of taking and sharing gruesome photos of her late husband and daughter after they died in a helicopter crash. The settlement includes a $15 million judgment she won against the county after a two-week civil trial last year in Los Angeles.
Vanessa Bryant Education
Vanessa Bryant completed her schooling at Marina High School. She later was homeschooled because she became famous.
Vanessa Bryant Net Worth
Vanessa Bryant is a model and wife of one of the highest-paid basketball players, the Late Kobe Bryant. She has an estimated net worth of $700 million. She also earns via her businesses.
Vanessa Bryant Awards
- Baby2Baby 10-Year Gala: Philanthropy award, 2021
- Sports Power Brunch: Celebrating the Most Powerful Women in Sports: Be Your Own Champion Award, 2022
Vanessa Bryant Latest News
Vanessa surprised LSU women before Elite Eight with Kobe 6s in Grinch
Vanessa gifted Lady Tigers players Nike Kobe 6 sneakers in the color Grinch. The gift came after LSU secured an Elite Eight berth for the first time in 2008.
Vanessa Bryant Favorites
- Favorite Activities: Golfing
- Favorite Clothing Brand: Dolce & Gabbana
- Favorite Makeup Product: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear
- Favorite Place: Rockefeller Center and Disney World
Vanessa Bryant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What face shape does Vanessa Bryant have?
Vanessa Bryant has a gorgeous oval-shaped face. She usually wears hoop earrings that suit her face shape.
What is Vanessa Bryant’s hair color?
Vanessa Bryant has jet-black hair that looks thick and healthy.
What color eyes does Vanessa Bryant have?
Vanessa Bryant has dark brown eyes that add to her alluring looks.
Does Vanessa Bryant have tattoos?
Vanessa Bryant has many tattoos. Most of them celebrate her love for Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant.
Does Vanessa Bryant speak Spanish?
Vanessa Bryant speaks Spanish. Even her daughters can speak the language.
Is Vanessa Bryant Mexican?
Yes, Vanessa Bryant is Mexican. She is part Mexican and part Irish.
Did Vanessa Bryant change her name?
Vanessa Bryant’s birth name is Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo. In 2000, she took her stepfather’s name and was named Vanessa Marie Laine. After her marriage, she took her husband’s surname and became Vanessa Bryant.
Did Vanessa Bryant go to USC?
Vanessa Bryant did not go to USC. Her daughter Natalia Bryant attended USC.
Where does Vanessa Bryant live?
Vanessa Bryant resides in Newport with her three children and their dog, Loki.
Vanessa Bryant Instagram Account
Vanessa Bryant Physical Stats
|Height||5 feet 5 inches or 165 cm (1.65 m)|
|Weight||55 kg or 121 pounds|
|Breast Size||34 inches|
|Body Measurements||34-26-35 in or 86-66-89 cm|
|Chest Size||34 inches or 86 cm|
|Waist Size||26 inches or 66 cm|
|Hips Size||35 inches or 89 cm|
|Shoe Size||7 (US) or 37.5 (EU) or 4.5 (UK)|
|Dress Size||6 (US) or 38 (EU) or 10 (UK)|
|Eyes Color||Dark Brown|
Vanessa Bryant Wiki/Bio
|Full Name||Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo|
|Date of Birth||5th May 1982|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Profession||President and CEO of Granity Studios, Board of Directors of Bodyarmor SuperDrink, Philanthropist, business executive, model|
|Spouse||Kobe Bryant (m. 2001; died 2020)|
|Children||Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Natalia Diamante Bryant, Capri Kobe Bryant, and Bianka Bella Bryant|
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