Welcome, Naomi Barbie!
The world’s most popular and kitschiest doll maker launched a new line of barbie modeled on Naomi Osaka for 29.99 dollars. No points for guessing that the dolls sold like hotcakes and was out of stock in a record time of 6 hours. The barbie is seen holding a Yonex tennis racket and wearing the same outfit the ace tennis player wore in the Australian Open 2020.
Osaka tweeted, “I hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything.”
The 23-year-old is the winner of four grand slams and is known for being an outspoken figure in the professional tennis circuit. She can be seen regularly addressing issues pertaining to racial injustice, human rights, and mental health during interviews.
The designer of Naomi’s doll Carlyle Nuera commended Osaka for her work. He said, “Obviously Naomi’s athletic skill is unmatched, that’s a fact,”
“But what I personally admire the most about Naomi Osaka is how she uses her platform, the spotlight on her and her voice, to raise awareness about social justice.”
This is the second collaboration that Barbie had announced, earlier Barbie had launched Shero dolls in 2019, which included Black label dolls. These dolls were a tribute to Gabby Douglas, Misty Copeland, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Laurie Hernandez.
Osaka will make her return to competitive tennis at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021 after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon tournament, due to mental health reasons.