Vanessa Bryant posts throwback pics on daughter Natalia’s 18th birthday

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Vanessa Bryant celebrated daughter Natalia’s 18th birthday on Tuesday, calling her first-born child with the late Kobe Bryant “a beautiful role model to so many people.”

“Dear Natalia, Happy Birthday! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are,” Vanessa began on Instagram.

“You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives. Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You’re such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people,” she continued.

Last January, Kobe and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among the nine people tragically killed in a California helicopter crash. The Lakers legend was 41 years old. Kobe and Vanessa, 38, were also parents to daughters Bianka, 4, and Capri, 1.

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Vanessa signed the birthday message, “Love always, Mommy, Daddy, Gigi, BB and Koko.” On another touching picture — an old snap of Natalia with her father on the basketball court — Vanessa wrote, “Daddy’s little princess, Natalia.”

Last week, Vanessa revealed that New York University was one of Natalia’s top college choices, though the teen has also sported gear from the University of Southern California.

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