Vanessa Bryant was only 17 years old when she met Kobe Bryant for the first time. Kobe was 20. The couple first met on the set of a music video during a time when the athlete briefly tried his hand at a rapping career. According to Kobe, it was essentially love at first sight the moment he laid eyes on Vanessa. “I would come out of the trailer and just wanted to talk to her some more, in between takes and stuff like that,” Kobe confessed in a documentary,
Kobe eventually worked up the courage to ask Vanessa for her number and the rest is history. Kobe revealed that many of their dates during the beginning actually took place at the most magical place on earth — Disneyland. And while he knew Vanessa was beautiful, he was adamant that what he had with Vanessa went much further than physical attraction. “She was just beautiful. We literally did everything together … she became my best friend,” he said. He continued on, stating that they both “[saw] the world the same way.”
Vanessa Bryant worked as a model
While Kobe Bryant was known for his brief stint as a rapper, Vanessa also had a career that she dabbled in: modeling. As you will recall, Kobe and Vanessa met on the set of a music video — one in which Vanessa was the star. But how did she initially get into modeling?
Per the Los Angeles Times, the story goes that, while attending a hip hop concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in August 1999, a man with a video camera approached her and explained that he was looking for girls to star in music videos. Bryant obliged and gave the man her number and soon after she was called to come to the shoot.
As it turns out, that job was just one of many for Vanessa. She quickly booked more modeling gigs, but she was always under the watchful eye of her protective mother. She even starred in music videos for rappers Snoop Dogg and Krazy Bone. Pretty