Who is Natalia Diamante Bryant? Five Fascinating Facts About Kobe Bryant’s Oldest Daughter

WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - MARCH 09: Natalia Diamante Bryant arrives at the Versace Fall/Winter 2023 Fashion Show held at the Pacific Design Center on March 9, 2023 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Many people have faced tragic circumstances, just as Natalia Diamante Bryant did. Natalia lost her father and sister in a helicopter accident near Calabasas, on January 26, 2020.

It would surely shock any teenager, but Natalia, with the help of her family pulled through. After all, her middle name “Diamante” means “Diamond.” She was indeed a picture of strength as a diamond would.

Learn more about Natalia Bryant, the eldest daughter of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, and how she keeps working to honor her father and sister’s name. Before we delve into the fascinating facts, here’s a bit of Natalia’s background.

Kobe Bryant’s Oldest Daughter

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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Natalia is Kobe and Vanessa Bryant’s oldest daughter. She was born on January 19, 2003. She celebrated her 17th birthday in 2020, and a week later, the accident happened.

Her three other sisters are Gianna (Gigi), Bianka, and Capri. Capri was born in June 2019, six months before the tragic passing of Kobe and Gigi. As she should, Natalia is proud of her dad’s accomplishments and called her relationship with the Los Angeles Lakers legend one of “the greatest joys of her life.”

five Fascinating Facts About Natalia Diamante Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses with his wife and daughters, left to right, Natalia, Vanessa and Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Fact #1: Kobe Called Natalia A “Seasoned Vet” As A 16-year-old Driver

You know somebody is trustworthy when he or she is already driving responsibly at 16 years old. And that’s exactly how Kobe described Natalia.

In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in August 2019, Bryant lauded Natalia’s nerves as a young driver. 

“She’s just really calm on the wheel. She doesn’t want to listen to any loud or fast music… She’s just really calm, cool, and collected, man, and I’m very proud of her.”

Kobe on his daughter Natalia’s driving skills

Fact #2: She Loves Talking About Her Dad

As much as Kobe loves to talk about her daughters, the feeling is mutual with Natalia. In a Teen Vogue interview, she called talking about her dad “bittersweet,” but it’s more of an enjoyable experience for her than a sad one.

On top of that, Natalia also calls Kobe “the best girl dad ever.” 

“He was just letting me play my playlist and jam out to Taylor Swift the whole ride back, and talk about Star Wars too. It was so much fun.”

Natalia on why Kobe is the best girl dad

Don’t worry, Natalia, you’re not alone. Many people, especially the basketball players he inspired, love talking about your dad, too.

Fact #3: Her Nickname is “Slim”

Okay, this isn’t rocket science, but who gave her that nickname and what’s the background story?

In a YouTube video sponsored by Vogue, Natalia showed off her necklace that says “Slim.” 

“That was my nickname growing up. I was just so eency-teency. All my jerseys said slim. I didn’t grow into the jerseys until I was, like, older. So my dad would always call me ‘Slim.'”

Natalia on her nickname

Fact #4: She’s a Model

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: Natalia Bryant walks the runway at the Versace fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 on September 22, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images)
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In 2021, when she was 18 years old, Natalia signed with IMG Models. Natalia revealed she has had a passion for fashion since she was little and has always wanted to be a model. In fact, she made her runway debut during Milan Fashion Week in September 2023 during the Versace Spring/Summer 2024 show.

Fact #5: She Plays Volleyball

Natalia Diamante Bryant may be the daughter of someone who has a seat in the GOAT basketball player conversation, but she’s not into hoops that much.

As a matter of fact, Natalia loves and plays volleyball, and wanted to be a D1 volleyball player. In addition, her dedication to the sport shined through when she was the captain of the varsity volleyball team at Sage Hill High School.

The helicopter crash made her stop playing for a while. After that, she abandoned her college athlete plans, although she is now a third-year in undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC).

Final Words: Natalia Diamante Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 01: Natalia Bryant before throwing the ceremonial first pitch before a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers on "Lakers Night" at Dodger Stadium on September 01, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Natalia Diamante Bryant is the oldest daughter of Lakers icon Kobe Bryant. The elder Bryant died in a helicopter crash with his second daughter, Gigi, and seven others on January 26, 2020. 

Even though fate tragically took two people from the Bryant family, the girls remained strong. The young woman is making her daddy proud by pursuing a modeling career, continuing her college education, being her mommy’s right-hand woman, and caring for her younger sisters.

As far as we can see, Kobe’s influence is strong in Natalia’s life.