The Mattel toy company just created a Barbie doll in the image of tennis player Naomi Osaka. Coincidentally, the real-life tennis player just took a break from sports to focus on her mental health.
The new Barbie doll was created by Caryle Nuera. The Naomi Osaka Barbie is part of the Barbie doll role model line all over the world. Osaka believes every child can grow up to be anything they want. The new doll comes wearing a short pleated Nike tennis dress, Nike tennis shoes, a sun visor, a Yonex tennis racket, and her own yellow tennis ball.
The Naomi Osaka Barbie doll looks much like the tennis player, including her curly hair, her makeup, and beauty marks. The Barbie doll has 22 possible positions. The doll comes with a stand to pose on.
Naomi Osaka was born in October 16, 1997, in Osaka, Japan. Ms. Osaka has an older sister named Mari who is also a professional tennis player. Naomi Osaka is a full-time Grand Slam champion. Many people believe Osaka’s tennis skill abilities can’t be matched. Neura, who created the Naomi Osaka Barbie, admires the tennis pro because she is able to use her status as a platform to raise public awareness of social injustice. Osaka is concerned with ending racial injustice, and she seeks progress in mental health. Osaka noted that since television started featuring sports figures, they all have bigger social platforms than ever before. As a result of all the exposure athletes are getting, sports figures need to speak up about their social causes.
Naomi Osaka became a tennis champion in 2013 at 16 when she played at the U.S. Open. In 2014, Osaka defeated Samantha Stosur. Stosur is a former Australian tennis champion. It was only the beginning for Naomi Osaka. After Osaka made an impressive showing at the 2014 Stanford Classics, she would go on to go significant improvement as a tennis player in 2016. Osaka stabilized as a tennis player in 2017. In 2021, Naomi Osaka won the BET award for being the most outstanding female athlete for the year.
The year 2021 was big year for Naomi Osaka who went on to become a spokesperson for Tag Heur watches and Louis Vuitton accessories that was part of the Spring and Summer 2021 campaign. Instead of playing at Wimbledon this year, Osaka agreed to play in the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.