Naomi Osaka Opens Up on Her Connection with Fashion Aside from Tennis

Published 01/20/2021, 9:00 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan in action against Coco Gauff of the United States of America in the Women’s Singles Round three match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Japanese World No. 3 Naomi Osaka continues to extend her tennis success to varied branches outside of the sport. But her newest collaboration is indeed one that stands out from the rest. Apart from her three Grand Slams, the 23-year-old will now be known as the global brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton.

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The French luxury brand has already appointed Naomi as the face of their 2021 spring campaign. Given her exemplary skill set and her ownership of the court, the decision was very easy for LV. Nicolas Ghesquiere, creative director of the company, has photographed the Japanese star for the campaign.

Fashion is a treasured passion for Naomi Osaka

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Naomi Osaka of Japan attends a training session ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 26, 2019, in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Before joining hands with the most valuable luxury brand in the world, Naomi touched many other bases. From debuting in manga comics to launching an exclusive apparel-line with Nike, the former World No. 1 had a wonderful 2020. She even signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with Tag Heuer.

In terms of tennis, she revived her lost form and won the US Open title last year. However, being the global brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton has its own glory.

Osaka said, “Aside from tennis, my most treasured passion is fashion; and there is no brand more iconic than Louis Vuitton. It is such an honor to work with Nicolas — he’s a designer I admire so much,” she continued. “And we share a mutual love of Japanese culture and style. To become global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me.”

Above all, Naomi has a rare combination of strength and grace, and that holds the weight of LV beautifully.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup following victory in her Women’s Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Japanese professional is currently in quarantine in the Adelaide bubble. She will be participating in a one-day exhibition match with the biggest names of the sport. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep, and Serena Williams will join the 23-year-old. The event is scheduled for January 29.

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Earlier, Osaka even posted about her first day of training outside the hotel room, but later, she deleted the post. However, it became clear that she is not nervous anymore about competing for the Australian Open 2021 title starting next month.

Osaka was the winner of the ‘Happy Slam’ in 2019. She will look forward to repeating that this year.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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