Gigi, as she was affectionately known by friends and family, died along with her father, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, and seven others in a helicopter crash in January in Calabasas, California.
Her mother posted a photo showing the late teen smiling and sporting Mickey Mouse gear. She writes: “Happy 14th Birthday to my sweet baby girl, Gianna.”
“Mommy loves you more than I can ever show you. You are part of MY SOUL forever,” Bryant writes. “I miss you so much every day. I wish I could wake up and have you here with me. I miss your smile, your hugs and your giggles. I miss EVERYTHING about YOU, Gigi. I LOVE YOU so much!!!!!!!”
Like her dad, Gianna was a talented basketball player and was known as Mambacita, a Spanish-language spin on her father’s famous nickname, Black Mamba.
On another post, Vannessa writes: “Gianna loved to wear a red bow in all of her school pictures. Red means love and life. To commemorate Gigi’s birthday today, please consider wearing red, caption an act of kindness or show how you will play Gigi’s way since she always gave everything she did her all and led with kindness. Please use the hashtag #PlayGigisWay Thank you. 5-1-06 Mambacita (We are in the process of making this bracelet available for proceeds to benefit our Mamba and Mambacita foundation. I will update you with a post when we have them available for purchase).”