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NBA Wives Vanessa Bryant, Kimberly Chandler & Alexis Welch Give RARE Dish On Fashion Competition Amongst Them & RICH Lifestyles

We rarely, if ever, get to hear from actual NBA wives who are married to some of the richest and most well known ballers in the league.  Now we have a peek into how catty the wives are...or aren't...with each other, plus why the fashion game is so much competition amongst them, it's a pretty interesting thing to hear.

Vanessa Bryant, Kimberly Chandler & Alexis Welch dish on the ish we've been wondering about inside...
 

The ladies snapped some fab pics for New York Magazine for a piece posted today on the publication's website.  And for some reason, Vanessa opened up more than ever.  Many think she's just an ice princess--since she seems to never engage with folks--who keeps a stone face while her husband is lacing her finger with yet another umpteen carat diamond ring to apologize for his infidelities, but she says that's not the case.

Vanessa on why she stays out of the limelight

“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.”

On if her and Kobe's marriage is on the mend

“Um, yes. We’re working on things.”

On her luxe 25 carat diamond ring

“Everyone my jeweler talked to was afraid of tension-setting it for me, but he finally found someone who wasn’t worried about cracking the stone."

On no longer needing to collect Birkins and Chanel bags

“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.”

 

On her fashion style (while packing for the Olympics with her Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens & J Brand clothes spilling over)

“I’m inspired by Ann Miller and Monica Bellucci.  My mom dressed so ladylike, with high-waisted knee-length skirts, nylons, and long tailored coats, always on her way to work.” (As far as Kobe’s style goes)  For the longest time I tried convincing Kobe that he should wear things a little more fitted. And for years and years he was like, ‘I don’t feel comfortable, I feel like they rise.’ And now all of a sudden the stylist says it, and it makes sense.”

On her typical day and having NO nannies

“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.  [I don't use a nanny.]  That’s the way I was raised.  [I've never missed a sports game or practice of my daughters.]

On dealing with portable nebulizers for her daughter's asthma and feeling uncomfortable about the meds doctors push on her

“I’m not sure where she got asthma from, but I’m really careful.  When their dad’s over and he sprays deodorant, I ask him to go into another room. My youngest daughter has allergies to olive trees. We had twelve olive trees on this property, and after we took her to an allergist, I had them excavated.”

On the rumored fight with Khloe Kardashian Odom and getting special privileges from the Lakers organization

“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.

If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel.  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.”

On pushing Kobe to win

“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.”


More pics of Vanessa at her Newport Coast mansion and with her Pomeranian named Gucci:

 

Next up in the NY Mag piece was Amar'e Stoudemire's fiancee Alexis Welch:

Highlights from her interview from their Miami home:

On helping Amar'e win in New York

"We all want to encourage our men and support them.  This is a partnership. We’re going to get everything balanced, and that will be reflected on the court. I’m taking care of the household, making sure the kids are straight, the dog has his food, making sure Amar’e can be a dad at the end of the day, do something that has nothing to do with basketball.  Amar’e’s going to get on the grind, everything’s going to fall into place.  This year, we’re bringing a championship to New York.”

And also, NY Knick Tyson Chandler's fashionable wife Kimberly, posing in their NYC home.

On how Tyson woos her like Julia Roberts got pampered in Pretty Woman (the movie she was watching when Tyson surprised her with a shopping spree):

“I’m on my way home,” he said. “I want you to pack a bag and be ready when I get there.” Suddenly, she was off to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Roberts’s character fell in love with Gere’s businessman, and the next ­morning, a stretch limo waited outside to take both of them to Barneys. “I was like, ‘Hello, what are we doing?’ ” says Kimberly. “And Tyson said, ‘Just come inside.’ ”

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It’s a family thing, the Chandlers’ interest in fashion, and Tyson probably had as much fun on the day he arranged at Barneys as his wife. When they arrived, they were whisked into a dressing room the size of a hotel suite, with racks of clothes throughout and shoes lined up along the perimeter, Stella ­McCartney frocks and Chloé pants and everything in her size. Tyson gestured around the room, saying, “Everything you want, you can have.”  Chandler said, “Okay, good! I’ll take it all!” Slow down, slow down, he said, try some of it on. She walked out with a bounty, like a Rick ­Owens jacket with a high collar and low sleeves—it’s probably her favorite Owens jacket. And the rest? “I don’t really remember,” she says. “I know I have some pieces still.”
 

On caring for their plush home and kids

“I wanted it to feel like a Southampton estate,” says Chandler as her polite kids (“I always say, ‘You must say, “I apologize,” not “Sorry,” ’ because the word sorry doesn’t mean anything anymore,” she explains) cartwheel down hallways. “My 6-year-old is like a 30-year-old. She’s always saying, ‘Mommy, your makeup is a-mazing!’ ”

 

And "Basketball Wife" Jennifer Williams, who was once married to ex-baller Eric Williams, dropped the tea about how the other wives size you up during the season:

“Everyone at games is looking at you to see what you’re wearing.  Makeup’s not that important, but hair and the clothes, oh, gosh! There’s 82 games a year, and even if 41 are on the road, there can be three home games a week, and that’s a lot of outfits to put together. There’s pressure. You walk into the arena, and people know who you are and who you’re with. The wives are looking.”

Check out the full story over at NY Mag.

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mrs. chandler's dress is by

mrs. chandler's dress is by Gracia and on sale for $69 on ideeli today. good to see she is ballin on a budget....lol...or were these outfits provided by ybf sponsors??
shuga's picture

These homes are incredible! …

These homes are incredible! … very nice indeed!
rebellious soul's picture

you'd never know some of

you'd never know some of these comments could be being left by people that actually know who the articles are about.

Mrs Chandler is the most

Mrs Chandler is the most beautiful of them all. Vanessa needs to keep her mouth closed unless she's reading the words off paper someone else transcribed for her. Alexis looked pretty silly in that by the pool outfit, those boots are rather unpleasant.
Realist's picture

I don’t know which one of

I don’t know which one of these ladies is the ugliest; I swear all this ladies are ugly especially Tyson’s wife Kimberly, Vanessa Bryant what the hell wrong with her mouth, she sounds like a no brainer. These ladies are crying for publicity, ever since when you saw Vanessa speaking publicly, all of a sudden she has something to say. These ladies are desperate.
Cashing out's picture

This spread just goes to show

This spread just goes to show money does not give you style or class. Mrs. Chandler is the only one that has both, which is why Anna Wintour invited and personally dressed her for the CFDA awards. Anna also banned Kim K which is why Kanye came solo. Vanessa and Alexis cheapen their outfits even though I'm sure they designer duds. Vanessa constantly dresses like a hooker at the Laker games and has no style. Alexis always looks country.
PacificGirl's picture

vanessa sounds like what i've

vanessa sounds like what i've always imagined her to sound like.....a dumb ass useless mexican woman
litebrite's picture

Exactly, an air head

Exactly, an air head
Cashing out's picture

Wow Vanessa said she would

Wow Vanessa said she would not be married to a Baller if he could not get a championship ring but cheating is OK?.....WTF....They are really sad...but people criticize Beyonce! She works for hers....She is independently wealthy......Fashion is all these women have......again WOW
not having it's picture

wrong post boo- this is not

wrong post boo- this is not about B..its about Nessa...if you don't like it then don't comment
BEEMA's picture

These women are so sad and I

These women are so sad and I would never want to be in their shoes. Yes, their lives are really pretty on the surface. They have nice homes, nice clothes, nice cars, nice make-up...all the superficial things they bragged about in the article. But what they didn't talk about...now THAT's their everyday lives. Their men are gone most of the time, they live the lives of single mothers, they constantly have to live in fear that their men are either going to cheat on them or upgrade to a better model of them, most of their friendships are fake (people either want to be around them to score game tickets or meet their husbands)...the list goes on and on. Don't let the Chanel fool you. These women are prisoners in guilded cages.
DesignDiva's picture

Vanessa is a beautiful Latina

Vanessa is a beautiful Latina with light skin real hair and nice Spanish features. Nothing like the ugly manly big nosed nappy haired BURNT BORICUAS with blond weaves featured here. The Burnt Boricuas are all jealous of beautiful white Latinas.
OxamaraGarcia's picture

Heeeerrrrrrrreeeeee's the

Heeeerrrrrrrreeeeee's the miserable bi*ch again!!! I love my caramel complexion - LOVE IT and NEVER wanted to be any lighter; NEVER had that issue! I would NEVER in my most viscious moment put anyone else down who was different than myself. Why do you continue to say the evil and hurtful things you say? A happy person wouldn't say those things. You NEVER have anything nice to say. I'm soooo NOT jealous of Vanessa (I think I look better than her, not that that matters) or any other light skinned person. Hating is not in my blood. I'm just not a jealous person. I admire other woman's beauty, not despise it. YOU NEED HELP AND NOW!
Happy Lady's picture

Look Maria, you need a time

Look Maria, you need a time out. GTHFOH with that ish. This site is called, Young, BLACK, and Fabulous. Why on this BLACK site would anyone be jealous of anyone white? And for the record, the "white" world does not claim you. They want you to clean their floors and watch their kids just like all the other boricuas they discriminate against.
DesignDiva's picture

This is why Vanessa will

This is why Vanessa will never leave her cheating husband she cares more about her lifestyle than honesty in her marriage.

she sure does

she sure does
caribbean_dream_girl's picture

There is reason why Vanessa

There is reason why Vanessa doesn't do interviews....the girl is stupid. The Lakers didn't grant you permission to go in the Tunnel because you been his wife the longest it was because they wanted to rebuild Kobe's image as a family man after the rape case!
MissNYT's picture

Boom! Exactly!

Boom! Exactly!
DesignDiva's picture

This is a black bog site,

This is a black bog site, you'll think they would post the black people first. However, I do understand that Vanessa Bryant name is more recognizable.

Why is Vanessa Bryant

Why is Vanessa Bryant featured on here? She's not young,black,or famous. These people are materialistic and they serve NO purpose in life so why do people keep giving them interviews? Kobe should've married an African American woman and had kids by an African American woman. Who cares about the basketball lifestyle. Vanessa Bryant is NOT Beyonce,Oprah or anybody of significance ,so who cares about this illegal Mexican immigrant.

because people like me want

because people like me want to read what she has to say. She's married to the best playing NBA player alive, she's young, and fabulous, so that's close enough.
BEEMA's picture

@beema:bitch,stfu and get a

@beema:bitch,stfu and get a life. stop living your though celebrities and get a life,man,job,or a career of your own,hoodrat.

Wow, what a childish

Wow, what a childish response. It really wasn't that deep. She's on the same celebrity blog that you're on. So if she has no life and is living thru celebs so are you and the rest of us. Simmer down.
Anonymous10's picture

these women sound extremely

these women sound extremely shallow.. Especially Vanessa.. and lmao @ her special "privileges".. gtfoh
bronx1980's picture

Poor. poor dillusional

Poor. poor dillusional Vanessa. She's the only one in the tunnel but certainly not the only one in the relationship with bed-hopping Kobe.
Denise2007's picture

Vanessa Bryant look so, so,

Vanessa Bryant look so, so, so much like Kim Karadashian.

Vanessa is a gorgeous chica

Vanessa is a gorgeous chica and has been MARRIED to Kobe since she was 17 so she is definitely NOT a groupie/h*e turned wife or baby mama turned wife like so many other female wives in the league so I respect her for that. There is only so much you can take from a man but considering Vanessa has ALL the deeds to their homes in HER name, she has to be one of the smartest wives in the league. I see why Kobe is trying to stay in her good graces. Alexis' boots look ugly as f*ck and her shorts are very ill fitted. Kimberly Chandler looks fab and classy, clearly a vet in the wives circle. Did they really need a sound bite from Jennifer Williams though..ugh!!
tori's picture

To be honest for years I

To be honest for years I always thought Vanessa Bryant was some money grubbing hoochie gold digger, but after this interview I see her in a different light. She may not be a black woman that most would rather see Kobe with but she does seem to have her priorities straight. She doesn't want to be in the spot light (reality shows, movies, appearances on tv, etc), she doesn't have a nanny for her kids (if this is true), and she avoids drama. The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way was when she mentioned her man should win a championship every single year. She's right people do see her as an ice princess and she should speak up more.
Crazy Sexy Cool's picture

Well Kobe has WON 4

Well Kobe has WON 4 championships, whether or not people want to admit it he probably wouldn't be so successful without Vanessa buy his side all these years.
BEEMA's picture

I sooOo agree!!!!

I sooOo agree!!!!
tori's picture

Just as I thought of Vanessa

Just as I thought of Vanessa shallow and only relevant because of her Kobe's career.
knm931's picture

Those boots are hideous.

Those boots are hideous. Vannesa looks just like Kim K in that black dress.
I_love_laughing's picture

vanessa has opened her mouth

vanessa has opened her mouth and removed all doubt - she is exactly who i thought she was. no matter. i totally dig the chandlers!! wishing amar'e and alexis all the very best!! seriously?? having to put 3 outfits a week together to a damn basketball game is pressure, jen? good grief, ladies! i hate to see how you hold up under pressure when the money runs out. i go to all NBA games comfy and cozy - and that's when i was dating a ballplayer!! (which i'll NEVER do again, though). at any rate, good luck to all the NBA Wives out there - keep it classy..
leighd33's picture

Ummm......can you say

Ummm......can you say "shallow" anyone? These women seem vapid and self-absorbed. Life is about more than brand names and hair and makeup. So sad..
allnatural's picture

Yep Nessa is finally showing

Yep Nessa is finally showing everyone the real Bitch she is. This article really shows why she has no fking friends. Total Bitch!
PacificGirl's picture

Since you affectionately

Since you affectionately refer to her as "Nessa"....are you sure your not a disgruntled ex-friend.....LOL
star's picture

I can't stand Vanessa the

I can't stand Vanessa the dirty Latina gold digging whore........so typical
Kai's picture

Of these three, Kimberly def

Of these three, Kimberly def has the Best style and taste!
star's picture

Kobe & the mexican girl he

Kobe & the mexican girl he picked-up from high school (LMAO!!!!!!) have been OVER with since he went on Criminal Trial for RAPING that pretty Blonde Lady in the BUTTHOLE.....in Colorado <------------------ u idiots forget about THAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

I'm llh...the mexican girl he

I'm llh...the mexican girl he picked up from HS!!! LMAO
Chica-Chica's picture

Some things are better off

Some things are better off left unsaid. Vanessa didn't have to go all extra with the " If you noticed, I am the only one allowed to go in the tunnel" comment. Go sit your i'm the fairest of them all, my husband cheated but he's back again, my husband cheated again, but he's back again, immigrant ass down.
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

Right! I'm the only one

Right! I'm the only one allowed in the tunnel. B*tch PUHLEEZE!!! U ain't got it like that because he hasn't been 100 with you; just a young dummy who thought he knew it all and didn't get a pre-nup...
Chica-Chica's picture

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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