This is Osaka’s second time being honored as a Barbie
Naomi Osaka has been a task mannequin to many athletes and others who’ve praised the tennis star on her openness to talk out on racial justice and psychological well being. The 23-year-old is now being immortalized for youthful generations as Mattel’s newest Barbie doll — the Naomi Osaka Barbie Role Model.
“Known for using her platform to speak out about issues surrounding human rights and racial injustice, Naomi is a force, on and off the court,” Mattel mentioned on its web site of the doll, now accessible for pre-order and transport on August 15 for $29.99. This is Osaka’s second Barbie — she was additionally accessible as a one-of-a-kind Barbie Shero for the model’s sixtieth anniversary in 2019.
I first teamed up with @Barbie in 2019 and as we speak we’re introducing the Barbie Role Model Naomi Osaka doll. I hope each little one is reminded that they are often and do something: https://t.co/GrPuW1WkMn
Fun truth : (the doll is carrying my outfit from the 2020 Australian Open lol) pic.twitter.com/DlL98lNfQj
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 12, 2021
“It’s such an honor to be a part of the Barbie Role Model series, and to remind young girls that they can make a difference in the world,” Osaka mentioned in a press launch. “I want young girls everywhere to feel empowered to dream big and to know that if they believe in themselves that anything is possible!”
Osaka made headlines when she pulled out of the French Open and Wimbledon, prioritizing her psychological well being over the sport. She issued a assertion to clarify that, because the 2018 U.S. Open, she’s suffered from “long bouts of depression.” She defined that chatting with the general public and reporters at obligatory press conferences throughout tournaments offers her “huge waves of anxiety.”
“I’m gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans,” Osaka wrote.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
She lately penned an essay for Time Magazine speaking about it in additional element and about her journey to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. “I feel uncomfortable being the spokesperson or face of athlete mental health as it’s still so new to me and I don’t have all the answers,” she wrote. “I do hope that people can relate and understand it’s O.K. to not be O.K., and it’s O.K. to talk about it. There are people who can help, and there is usually light at the end of any tunnel.”
The new Role Model Barbie wears a reproduction of the outfit she wore on the 2020 Australian Open, a blue-and-pink Nike tank high and shorts with a white skirt.
“It’s such an honor to be a part of the Barbie Role Model series and to remind young girls that they can make a difference in the world.” – Naomi Osaka pic.twitter.com/ADDccAZGHL
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) July 12, 2021
In addition to the Barbie and the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, Osaka is the topic of a Netflix documentary miniseries titled Naomi Osaka, premiering July 16, which talks about her childhood and the rise to grow to be a tennis celebrity.
More importantly, she’s been open about prioritizing her psychological well being above all the pieces else — a message that’s so wanted for all ages in all phases of their lives.