Vanessa Bryant isn’t pleased after the shoes she envisioned as a tribute to her late daughter hit online.
She took to social media on Wednesday June 2 to respond to the photo of a shoe that Vanessa herself collaborated on Gianna Bryant. Vanessa’s 13-year-old daughter died with her Kobe Bryant– Vanessa’s husband and Gianna’s father – and seven other people in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
“This is a shoe I worked on in honor of my daughter Gianna,” wrote Vanessa on Instagram. “It was to be called MAMBACITA-Schuh as an exclusive black and white color scheme on her father’s shoes. I chose the colors in honor of her uniform, the number 2, which she wore just like her uniform, the inside pattern, Kobe and Gigi on the back in gold instead of Kobe’s signature, the inner shoe details (butterfly, wings, halo) etc. “
She continued: “The MAMBACITA shoes are NOT allowed for sale. I wanted them to be sold to honor my daughter with ALL proceeds going to our @mambamambacitasports foundation, but I did not re-sign the Nike contract to sell these shoes (MAMBACITA shoes were not eligible to be made) Nike did NOT send any of these shoes to me or my girls. “