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Vanessa Bryant And Her Daughters Win Halloween With These Incredible Costumes

Life goes on.

Over nine months have passed since basketball great Kobe Bryant lost his life alongside his daughter Gigi and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

In the months since his death, fans have paid tribute to the former shooting guard who left behind three other daughters and his wife Vanessa and watched as his family has slowly attempted to pick up the pieces of their lives without them. Since then, they’ve celebrated holidays and their own birthdays. But holidays like Halloween present unique challenges, since they’re so focused on family.

However, leave it to Vanessa Bryant to show us what true resilience looks like. Over the weekend, she and her family celebrated Halloween in the best way possible and we’re living for their joy.

It’s official: they win Halloween!

Although it’s been a turbulent year – to say the least – for the Bryant family, Vanessa once again showed us all just how powerful and resilient she is by putting together an adorable family photoshoot to celebrate Halloween. Even though it’s the first Halloween without Kobe and Gianna Bryant, the family were all smiles.

Together as a family, they did a double photoshoot for Halloween this year that featured two sets of matching costumes between Vanessa and the three girls – the themes being Madeline (the beloved and popular children’s book series) and a Halloween classic, Star Wars.

The get-together seemed like a pretty joyous event, but of course the shadow of Kobe and Gigi still loom large, which makes the shoot pretty heart-breaking at the same time. Like we mentioned, this marks the first Halloween without them around — and yet, the Bryants carried on with the family tradition of dressing up like champs.

For their Matilda photoshoot, the family pulled out all the stops.

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So many of us grew up reading and watching Matilda, so this is an awesome idea for a Halloween costume. For their adorable photoshoot, Mama Bryant dressed up as the boarding school teacher, Miss Clavel, while Natalia and her baby sisters, Bianka and Capri, donned the traditional uniform of Madeline and her classmates, from the house in Paris covered in vines.

Needless to say, they look incredible, almost like they were torn right out of the page. It’s crazy, because this is actually more realistic and faithful to the illustrations than the live action movie from the ’90s.

Their Star Wars shoot was a total blast to the past.

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For their take on Star Wars, the family channeled some of the film’s most popular characters. Vanessa was a shorter version of Darth Vader, Natalia was a much taller version of BB8 — and the two little ones were a Storm Trooper and an Ewok, respectively. These outfits were like the family-friendly ones you might find at a Target or something, which played well for the camera.

Of course, their Halloween celebrations were not the only touching and heartwarming firsts that they have had since the death of Kobe and Gianna.

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On May 5, Vanessa celebrated her first birthday since the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter. She turned 38 years old.

In June, the family celebrated their youngest member, Capri’s first birthday. Vanessa penned a touching heartfelt tribute to celebrate the special day, which came five months after their loss. 

Vanessa has also tried to keep the memory of her loved ones alive with a heartfelt tattoo. In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband. 

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

The year has been a turbulent one for the Bryants, and fans are delighted to see that they are healing and finding their own ways to be happy together.

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Vanessa Bryant Slams Rapper Meek Mill For Tasteless Reference To Kobe Bryant’s Death

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Vanessa Bryant Slams Rapper Meek Mill For Tasteless Reference To Kobe Bryant’s Death

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It’s been a little over a year since Vanessa Bryant was forced to bury her husband, NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gigi. Still, in spite of this, Vanessa Bryant has been forced to endure publicly made accusations and scrutiny by her mother. Worse, she’s now having to address a tasteless reference to her husband’s tragic death made by rapper Meek Mill.

In his latest song, Meek Mill makes a cheap reference to Kobe’s death.

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For his latest track titled “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)” Mill raps, “If I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe.” It didn’t take long for the garish line to gain the ire of Twitter users and for Vanessa Bryant to address it publicly.

In a statement made to her Instagram Stories, Vanessa slammed Mill for the lyric in his new song which recently leaked online. “I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period,” Bryant wrote.

“I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this. If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact.”

In response to the extreme backlash, Mill wrote that he had reached out to Bryant to apologize.

“I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public … Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving change the subject!”

Vanessa Bryant was forced to publicly grieve the loss of her husband and their daughter Gianna, along with the seven other people, who were killed in a helicopter crash last year that occurred in Calabasas, California.

Vanessa was married to Kobe in 2001 and should have celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with him this year.

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On The Anniversary Of Their Deaths These Kobe & Gigi Murals Will Warm Your Heart

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On The Anniversary Of Their Deaths These Kobe & Gigi Murals Will Warm Your Heart

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In the aftermath of their deaths, artists across the globe organized to create art murals in Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s names. It’s been exactly a year since the two Bryants tragically passed away in a helicopter accident in Calabasas. In another honor of the anniversary of their deaths, we’ve collected some of the most powerful murals captured and filled with descriptions below by the photographers and journalists shared to Getty Images.

Check them out below.

This mural honored all of the victims in the crash.

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COSTA MESA, CA – FEBRUARY 28: A mural honoring all the victims of the helicopter crash: Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli and Ara Zabayan in Costa Mesa, CA.

This mural in the heart of Los Angeles

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TOPSHOT – A pedestrian adjusts her facemask walking past a mural of the late Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna by artist @Sloe_Motions in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2021, a day before the one-year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash which led to the death of nine people, including Bryant and his daughter. – Murals of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna can be seen on walls across Southern California.

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People with face masks walk past a Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant mural on June 1, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 11: Lakers fans stand in line to celebrate in front of a mural of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant on October 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. People gathered to celebrate after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

This mural created soon after their deaths.

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A new mural by French artist Mr. Brainwash picturing Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi is seen in Los Angeles on January 31, 2020.

This mural completed within hours after their deaths

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 27: A mural credited to artist Jules Muck, memorializing former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, is seen on January 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The mural was completed within hours of the death of the two in a helicopter crash along with seven other people January 26 in Calabasas, California

This special mural created by Royyaldog.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: A mural depicting deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, painted by Royyaldog, is displayed on a building on February 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Numerous murals depicting Bryant and Gianna have been created around greater Los Angeles following their tragic deaths in a helicopter crash which left a total of nine dead. A public memorial service honoring Bryant will be held February 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Bryant played most of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

This one created by the champion.

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TOPSHOT – Luis Villanueva lights a candle in front of a Kobe Bryant mural in downtown Los Angeles on January 26, 2020. – Nine people were killed in the helicopter crash which claimed the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said eight passengers and the pilot of the aircraft died in the accident. The helicopter crashed in foggy weather in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. Authorities said firefighters received a call shortly at 9:47 am about the crash, which caused a brush fire on a hillside.

This one is located in the Philippines.

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TAGUIG, PHILIPPINES – JANUARY 28: A giant mural of former NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, painted hours after their death, is seen at a basketball court in a slum area on January 28, 2020 in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. Bryant, who is hugely popular in basketball-obsessed Philippines, perished in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. He died together with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

And finally this sweet and colorful one.

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TOPSHOT – A woman looks at a mural by the artists Muck Rock and Mr79lts showing Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, who were killed with seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26, in Los Angeles on January 27, 2020. – Federal investigators sifted through the wreckage of the helicopter crash that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant and eight other people, hoping to find clues to what caused the accident that stunned the world.

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