Bryant shared a photo of her look for the big night on Instagram Monday, beaming brightly in a rosy tea-length tulle dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline. The IMG model — who will head to USC this fall — completed her prom ensemble with a pink-and-white corsage, nude sandals and her favorite silver pendant necklace, which is adorned with the word “ALWAYS.”
“Princess!” exclaimed Ciara in the comments, while Rachel Zoe wrote, “Stunnnnning beyond,” and Lilly Collins declared Bryant “just the prettiest there is.” Added proud mom Vanessa Bryant, “I love you baby!”
Millie Bobby Brown, Kelly Rowland, Dakota Fanning, Lily Aldridge and Yara Shahidi were among the others who commented with sweet words and emojis.
Ahead of her eldest child’s special evening, Vanessa, 39, teamed up with celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss to decorate their home with pink metallic balloons to match her dress — including ones that spelled out “PROM” — and blush-colored flowers. Incidentally, Natalia’s prom fell on the same night as her late father’s induction into the the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; while she didn’t attend the event with her mom and younger sisters, the teen flew in the day prior to accept Kobe’s Hall of Fame jacket.
“Natalia’s experienced so much loss, I couldn’t let her miss out on her once in a lifetime opportunity to go to her senior prom,” Vanessa shared on Instagram Sunday, adding that she skipped her own prom because Kobe — to whom she was engaged at the time — had a playoff game the same evening. “I looked at Natalia and said, ‘well if it’s any consolation, daddy kept me from going to my prom, so it’s only right that he tried to keep you from going to yours,’” she quipped in her caption.
“Of course we laughed because even in heaven, he’s still trying to make moves and keep the boys away.” The NBA legend, along with his and Vanessa’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, were killed in a tragic helicopter crash in January 2020.