Vanessa Bryant honored her late daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant and husband Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of their tragic deaths with an emotional letter.
On Tuesday, the 38-year-old posted a letter on Instagram penned to her by one of Gianna’s best friends, Aubrey Callaghan, that remembered Gigi's legacy.
Gigi's fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider there [sic] opinions, she along with Mr. Bryant, set the wheels in motion.
"You have probably heard this, but if I ever become a mother, I hope my daughter turns out exactly as yours did," wrote Callaghan of Vanessa, adding that she remembers Gianna as "kind, caring, and endlessly polite."
Callaghan described "[Gianna's] love of life" as "something I admire endlessly" because the 13-year-old would attack "each day as though it was hers to conquer."
"She would smile and bring the rest of us up with her," she wrote.
Callaghan continues the letter by saying she sometimes gets "into a pit of despair thinking about her and what she could've accomplished had she had a couple more years."
"But recently I have been thinking about the mark she did leave on this earth. Her fights for equality in sports made the world reconsider there [sic] opinions, she along with Mr. Bryant, set the wheels in motion," she wrote, going on to say that Gigi "changed our lives."
Callaghan also insisted that Vanessa "did it right" on raising Gigi and that she feels "so, so blessed I got to have time with your angel of a daughter, and thank you for giving me that chance."
In the caption for the letter, Vanessa thanked "Aubz," Gigi's apparent nickname for her friend, for "beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig."
"My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter. She loves you so much. I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. ♥️I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind, and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real. Kob, we did it right. Gigi, you still make mommy proud. I love you," she wrote.
Gianna and her NBA legend father died in a tragic helicopter crash, alongside eight others, in January 2020 while en route to a California school basketball game. Since the pair passed, Vanessa has often paid homage to their lives on social media, sharing anecdotes about her time with them.