Vanessa Bryant reveals heartbreaking meaning behind her tribute tattoo more than year after Kobe crash

VANESSA Bryant has revealed the heartbreaking meaning behind her tribute tattoo, more than a year after the helicopter crash that killed her husband, daughter Gianna and seven others.

The 38-year-old widow shared a snap of her new wrist tattoo of the word "Mambacita" a nickname given to 13-year-old Gianna, inspired by her dad.

Vanessa also posted a video of her 18-year-old daughter Natalia getting a tattoo of the word "muse" inside her middle finger along with another wrist tattoo.

"Muse" was the name of 2015 Kobe's documentary.

The tattoo tributes were done by tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado.

Shortly after the tragic loss of her late husband and daughter, Vanessa tattooed their names along with the names of the rest of her children on the outside of her foot, reports Page six.

Kobe's sister Sharia Washington also had an infinity-symbol black mamba tattooed on her shoulder with both Kobe and Gianna’s jersey numbers.

Earlier this month Vanessa praised Natalia for starting her modelling career and said Kobe "would be so happy."

She shared a photo of her stunning daughter with the caption: "My baby (with makeup) 😁❤️ #grown @nataliabryant ❤️.

"Daddy would be so happy that you’re pursuing your modeling career now that you’re 18.

"You’re beautiful inside and out. Beautiful with makeup and without makeup. We love you."

The post came after reports revealed Natalia, the couple's eldest daughter, had signed a modeling contract with IMG agency.

Vanessa who has been Kobe's wife since 2001 also has daughters Bianka, four, and Capri, one.

The pair's fourth daughter Gianna tragically died alongside her dad on January 26 last year.

Kobe and Gianna, along with seven others, died when his helicopter crashed in poor conditions over Calabasas, California.

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