‘Reminded Me A Lot of Gigi’: Co-Author Reveals Her Heartfelt Gesture to Vanessa Bryant For Kobe Bryant

Published 12/16/2020, 5:21 PM EST
IRVINE, CA – JULY 26: Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Woollett Aquatics Center on July 26, 2018 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


After Kobe Bryant retired in 2016, he devoted his attention to other things. He took onto other things, such as making an Oscar award movie and co-authoring a book alongside Ivy Claire.

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The book, titled Epoca: The River of Sand was a project of both Kobe and his wife Vanessa Bryant. Unfortunately, Kobe is not with us to see how successful the book has become.

But Claire spoke to Vanessa about the experience of working on that project.

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Ivy Claire and Kobe Bryant based a character on Gigi Bryant in the book

WESTWOOD, CA – JULY 14: Kobe Bryant, wife Vanessa Bryant, daughter’s Gianna Maria Onore Bryant and Natalia Diamante Bryant arrive at Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

During the interview, Claire revealed that Kobe always wanted to base a character off her daughter in the book.

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“I love Vera… who’s not the main character or the secondary character. She’s just this amazing athlete who’s competitive. She just embodies pure athletic drive, but she’s also the kindest and the most reasonable and the person who doesn’t have to be told to be a good friend. It just comes naturally to her.

Vanessa replied,”Vera reminded me a lot of Gigi.”

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Ivy further revealed that this was something of utmost importance to the late legend Kobe Bryant.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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