As Osaka announced the collaboration, she wrote: “I hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything.” The doll features the tennis star wearing a Nike tennis dress inspired by her 2020 Australian Open outfit, complete with Nike shoes, a visor, and Yonex tennis racket. There’s also her bouncy, curly hair and beauty marks, celebrating the unique style of the four-time Grand Slam champion.
As Neura explained in a statement, “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.”
Since withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon in light of her mental health struggles, Osaka penned an opinion piece for the New York Times. In it, she wrote, “Today, given the television coverage we receive and our prominence on social media, athletes have platforms that are larger and more visible than ever before. The way I see it, that also means that we have a greater responsibility to speak up.”
All eyes will now turn to Osaka as she gears up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However for those wanting to snag her Barbie Doll, unfortunately it appears there might be quite a wait. Despite a purchase limit of two dolls per person, the $29.99 Barbie has sold out due to high demand and honestly, we don’t blame them.