Over the years we haven’t heard much from Vanessa Bryant. Frankly I’m unaware of how her voice sounds. I’m sure you are too. The real basketball wife relatively stays quiet, sticks by her man’s side and occasionally shows up to display her in-famous scowl for the cameras.
Although Vanessa may very well have the power to keep herself in the spotlight the beauty has shyed away from it in hopes to stay low-key and keep people out of her business. But after being with Kobe for 10 years she’s learned that she can’t escape the spotlight. (especially when your man can’t stay away from other women.) Therefore she opened up to NY Magazine to give them the inside scope on the life of being a Basketball Wife. But the interview was supposed to be about fashion….
After reading this interview you might think it was a bright idea for Vanessa to just keep her mouth closed.
NY Mag recently did a feature on the “The Belles of B-Ball:” which included Knicks player Tyson Chandler’s wife Kimberly and Amare Stoudemire’s fiancee Alexis Welch in addition to Vanessa.
What the other women said was not worth blogging about compared to Miss Vanessa.
Here are a few highlights from her interview:
On the constant unwanted media attention she gets
“I thought things would go away, if you don’t feed into the b.s., and no one would think about you. Now I realize I do have to talk about certain things. Still, I don’t like the limelight. There’s a lot of good you can do with fame, like creating awareness for a foundation, but a lot of negativity comes along with it.”
Whether her relationship with Kobe is getting better
“Um, yes. We’re working on things.”
Her take on women having men who don’t win championships
“Oh, yes, I love basketball. And I know what goes on behind the scenes, so I have a different perspective on things, but still, I do. I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”
On Drama with Khloe Kardashian
“Everything is false. Khloé was at my 29th birthday. I don’t get involved in the drama. I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go. It wouldn’t benefit me whatsoever to have an issue with any of them, whether they were a girlfriend, or a wife, a person-of-a-month, or … you know. And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have, that other wives don’t have.” (her and her man are a nmff compared to me and mine.)
“If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel [to the Laker's locker room]. I don’t like standing outside and giving him a kiss in front of all the cameras. So I stand in there to get away from them. But then the cameras end up following. And if the girls are there, sometimes, that’s their kiss good night for Daddy, and when he comes home, they’re asleep.” (no wonder the other Laker wives don’t like her)
Misconceptions about her
“I think people imagine that I sit at home with all the time in the world to do my hair and makeup, but that’s certainly not the case. I’m up at 6:30 in the morning with my kids. I’m taking them wherever they need to go,” adding that she doesn’t use a nanny—“That’s the way I was raised.” (see i’m not a spoiled rich chick.)
On her handbag collection
I’m not really a handbag person anymore. I’ve collected Birkin bags, Chanel 2.55 jumbo flap bags, and the Marc Jacobs Stephen Sprouse collection for Louis Vuitton since I was a teenager. But now, as they say, everyone and their mom is buying a Birkin or a regular size 2.55 bag in black, taupe, or beige. I’ve been sticking to a magenta suede Proenza Schouler bag.” (she’s right. the other day I saw this chick who was about 250 pounds with a piece of Popeyes spicy chicken in one hand and a Birkin in the other.. I was like WTF. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to eat more chicken?)
On meeting and marrying Kobe
He’d come to school to get me in a black Mercedes, and flood the school with roses. My curfew was 10 p.m., and he got done with practice at 2 p.m., so that’s how we’d see each other. [...] I was 18 and a half [when I was married], and I remember requesting a dress without flowery lace or tulle. Vera Wang designed what she called a glamazon-mermaid gown for me, with fabric-covered buttons down the back.” These days, the dress is stored in her cedar closet, in the exact same condition. “I love it,” she says. “It’s perfect.”
Vanessa also showed off a 25 carat ring she recently received from Kobe on Valentine’s Day. On the low what Vanessa is telling you in this interview is that yeah, her man may cheat, yeah he gets on her nerves, yeah he’s never at home but as a family they are WINNING. V may cry here and there, but she cries into Birkin bags that are held onto by her perfectly manicured nails that are on fingers that hold 25 Carat rings.. Hey and her man got rings!! BLING. BLING BISHES. Oh and let’s not forget those others chicks and their husbands ain’t ish and that’s why they can’t even go into the tunnel.
Vanessa doesn’t have to be with Kobe while he’s shooting in the gym. Regardless she still has his paycheck on lock. Frankly I like this chick.. She talks ish with the best of them.. Real low key though.