Two time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, of Japan, has designed a new charity mask along with her sister Mari Osaka, the pair revealed in an interview to Vogue magazine.
Naomi Osaka and sister design charity masks
Speaking to Vogue, Naomi Osaka says, “I was seeing everyone in the U.S.
wearing the same medical mask, and I remember in Japan even before this whole situation happened, everyone was wearing masks and they were quite fashionable. So I wanted to release a mask that wasn’t just for protection, but could also be used as a fashion statement”.
Mari Osaka says, “The idea came from Naomi at the beginning. I just kind of helped her with the design." The duo have collaborated with UNICEF Japan to donate all profits from this initiative to their programs supporting disadvantaged Japanese youth.
Osaka also spoke about her interests in fashion in the interview. “I remember when I was little when we would play tournaments in Tokyo, and every time we would go to Harajuku or Ginza or Shibuya. It was so cool to walk around and see everyone in so many different outfits that you wouldn’t necessarily see in America.
I feel like we’re both really passionate about both tennis and fashion. With tennis, we train really hard for it, and even though we take fashion very seriously as well, for me it feels like a whole different aspect of life, and I think about it in a different way.
It’s relaxing not to have to go into fashion in such a super-serious way, and to feel really creative and free”. Naomi Osaka is a former World No. 1 in the world and is currently ranked No. 10 in the rankings. She is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.
She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two Grand Slams and two Premier Mandatory titles. Osaka won her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2018 US Open and then won the 2019 Australian Open. She recently became the highest-paid female athlete of all-time recently, having earned $37.4 million earned in total. Osaka has come to the forefront inn recent weeks by speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement.