Who is Bianka Bella Bryant?
American celebrity child Bianka Bella Bryant was born under the zodiac sign Sagittarius on 6 December 2016, in Los Angeles, California USA. She’s perhaps only known for being a daughter of the late American National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kobe Bryant.
Happy birthday Bianka Bella Bryant your already 4! I hope you had an amazing birthday🎉 pic.twitter.com/vlzkbABjTw
— Savannah (@Savanna09524428) December 6, 2020
Early life and family
Bianka’s being raised alongside her young sister Capri Kobe and older sister Natalia in Los Angeles solely by their mother Vanessa Marie Bryant, as Bianka’s father Kobe and her older sister Gigi died in a helicopter crash on 26 January 2020.
Bianka’s parents married on 18 April 2001, and Vanessa gave birth to their first daughter Natalia in 2003, while their second daughter Gianna Maria-Onore ‘Gigi’ Bryant followed in May 2006; Vanessa gave birth to their fourth daughter, Capri in June 2019.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding Vanessa and Kobe’s marriage, as he was accused of sexual assault in 2003, and Bianka filed for divorce on 16 December 2011; the two were able to reconcile around a year later.
Height, age and net worth
Bianka’s age is six. She has brown hair and eyes, weighs around 45lbs (21kgs) and is 3ft 11ins (1.2m) tall.
Bianka’s father Kobe’s net worth, at the time of his death was estimated at over $600 million.
Who was her father Kobe?
Kobe Bean Bryant, the late American NBA player was born under the zodiac sign Virgo on 23 August 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. He spent his 20 years long career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, and Kobe’s widely rated one of the sport’s best players of all-time; he was an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice, the 2008 NBA MVP, a member of the All-Defensive Team 12 times, and was in five NBA Championship-winning teams.
Kobe was raised in Philadelphia alongside his two older sisters Shaya and Sharia, by their father Joe Bryant who’s a former NBA player and coach, and mother Pamela Cox Bryant who was a housewife; Kobe was raised Catholic. He was only three when he began playing basketball, and cheering for the Lakers. The family moved to Rieti, Italy when Kobe was six as his father signed with a basketball team there. Kobe learned to speak Italian, and played both soccer and basketball during his years in Italy; the family moved back to Philadelphia when he was 13, and he studied at Bala Cynwyd Middle School prior to progressing to Lower Merion High School.
Kobe entered the NBA directly from high school, having been drafted as the 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft, however, he was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he made an immediate impact, earning NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors in his first season.
Throughout his career, Kobe was one of the league’s best scorers and was known for his clutch performances; he led the NBA in scoring for two seasons (2005-2006 and 2006-2007) and was an 18-time NBA All-Star. He won five NBA championships with the Lakers in 2000, 2001,’02, ‘09 and ‘10, and was named NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.
In 2005-2006, Kobe scored 81 points in a single game against the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest point total in a single game in NBA history, just behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game; his scoring ability earned him the nickname ‘Black Mamba’.
Kobe’s impact extended beyond the basketball court, as he was a global icon and a prominent figure in sports and entertainment; his jersey numbers 8 and 24 were both retired by the Lakers, a rare honor for any player. He was a beloved and influential figure not just in the US but all around the world.
On 26 January 2020, Kobe, his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California; the sports world and beyond mourned his passing, with tributes pouring in from athletes, celebrities and fans worldwide.
Asides from basketball, Kobe was active in various other fields; he delved into various business ventures, including his own production company Granity Studios, and won an Oscar for his animated short movie “Dear Basketball”.
In 2003, Kobe was accused of sexual assault by a 19 years old girl who claimed that he’d assaulted her while she was working at The Lodge and Spa where Kobe was staying; Kobe admitted that he had slept with the girl, but denied that he had raped her. He was charged on 18 June 2003 but the case was dropped in September 2004 because the girl didn’t want to testify at the trial.
Who is Bianka’s mother Vanessa?
American philanthropist and socialite Vanessa Marie Bryant was born Vanessa Urbieta Cornejo under the zodiac sign Taurus on 5 May 1982, in Los Angeles. Vanessa’s probably only known for having been the wife of Kobe Bryant.
Vanessa and her older sister Sophia were raised solely by their mother in Los Angeles as their parents divorced not long after Vanessa was born, and their father moved to Baja California, Mexico; Vanessa’s mother was employed at an electronics company as a shipping clerk, and she married the company’s middle manager Stephen Laine in 1990. Even though Stephen never legally adopted Vanessa, she still chose to change her name to Vanessa Marie Laine.
Vanessa studied at Marina High School and was 17 when she met Kobe, as she was cast to appear in a music video for his new rap song. Their relationship was highly publicized, and this led to problems at Vanessa’s school; she had to continue her studies from home, but matriculated with honors in 2000.
Vanessa focused on being a housewife after marrying Kobe, and they founded the VIVO Foundation together in 2007, later renamed to Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation. The two were also the main donors of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Vanessa was once the CEO and president of Granity Studios, and in November 2021, she was presented with a philanthropy award for her work with Baby2Baby.