Meadow Walker posts smiling holiday weekend photo

Jul 7, 2014 at 7:06 p.m. ET

After what has undoubtedly been a trying year for the young teen, Paul Walker's daughter, Meadow, has posted the first social media photo of herself since the passing of her father.

In the picture, she is sitting on the beach and the caption is simply "glad to be back." The 15-year-old girl has a sweet smile on her face and appears to have inherited her father's breathtaking good looks.


It's a relief to see Meadow looking happy and healthy after everything she has been through since last year. Since Paul's death in a fiery car crash in November 2013, Meadow has been caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle and legal issues involving Paul's mother, Cheryl Ann Walker, and ex-girlfriend, Rebecca Soteros, who is Meadow's mother. Cheryl claimed Soteros had a drinking problem and was an unfit mother. She filed a petition seeking full guardianship of Meadow, as well as court documents seeking control of Paul's estate. The late Fast & Furious actor had left his entire $25 million estate to his daughter. In April, Cheryl abandoned the legal fight and opted to resolve the issues with Soteros outside of court.

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Though Meadow is not very active on her Instagram account, she did post a picture in June showing she is trying to keep her father's memory alive through charity. Paul had been very active in environmental causes, as well as public service, and Meadow's photo was taken on World Oceans Day. The caption reads, "I had an amazing weekend celebrating World Oceans Day with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was an honor to be apart of something so special. I couldn't think of a better recipient for the first year of the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership award than @marisamiller! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen."


Paul's brother, Cody Walker, announced in January that he would be taking Paul's place as head of the charity, Reach Out Worldwide. "As Paul would say, 'when you put good will out there, it's amazing what can be accomplished,'" Cody said when he made the announcement. "We can all make a difference in this world and I am honored to join the ROWW team in fulfilling my brother's legacy and ensure that the good my brother did lives on."