Fathers from around the world are paying tribute to Kobe Bryant in possibly the most powerful way we have seen yet. Through the now-viral hashtag #girldad, fathers everywhere are sharing photos of themselves alongside their daughters—themselves becoming a living embodiment of the role Bryant took most seriously: the role of fatherhood.
It’s no secret that Bryant adored being a father to all girls, even nicknaming himself “Girl dad.” A name he wore with pride.
That is why the trending hashtag #girldad so perfectly represents the heart of a man and father that we are all grieving the loss of. A father who perished alongside his daughter, and alongside other adoring fathers. The heartbreak of it all still too real.
In honor of this truth, here are a few of our favorite #girldad posts (warning, some will require tissues!) in honor of Bryant’s most important legacy.
From celebrities to the average Joe, these men showed up.