It was certainly not the easiest year for Japanese champion Naomi Osaka. After the victory at the Australian Open, the mental health problems and depression that the young star is going through came out at the French Open, focusing on a problem that creates negative dynamics and serious psychological repercussions on athletes and non-athletes.
But at the same time, 2021 was a year full of collaborations for Noami, especially with regard to fashion brands, which have often chosen her as ambassador for her positions and struggles against social inequalities. Now, through her Instagram account, Osaka has announced that she will be joining Victoria's Secret as an ambassador.
The Japanese tennis star will take part in the American beauty retailer’s rebrand.
Naomi Osaka joins Victoria's Secret's
Naomi said about her new collaboration: "Very excited and proud to join an incredible group of women.
Wouldn't have thought this was possible as a child and I'm so glad there's more representation in the world now. Can't wait to share / show you guys how I'll be partnering with VS." Naomi also told WWD in an exclusive interview: "I remember going into Victoria's Secret stores when I was a kid and wondering why none of the women on the wall looked like m.
Now, as a collective, we can inspire the next generation from all different backgrounds, cultures and sizes. That represents such progress to me." Over the course of her career, Naomi has won seven WTA titles out of eleven finals played, winning four Grand Slam tournaments: the US Open in 2018 and 2020 and the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021.
Following her first Australian success, on the 28 January 2019 she became the first Asian to reach the first place in the world ranking. Naomi was the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam title and the third in the Open era to qualify for the WTA Finals.
In 2019 and 2020 she was the highest paid female athlete ever, grossing $ 37 million and $ 60 million respectively. On 23 July 2021, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, she was the torchbearer who lit the Olympic brazier. Pic and post by Naomi Osaka's Instagram page