The company says they're honoring Osaka for being a record-breaking tennis player and champion for change.
Osaka revealed her doll yesterday, tweeting , "I first teamed up with @Barbie in 2019 and today we're introducing the Barbie Role Model Naomi Osaka doll. I hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything."
I first teamed up with @Barbie in 2019 and today we’re introducing the Barbie Role Model Naomi Osaka doll. I hope e… https://t.co/2MYBk0OAUi— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) 1626103076.0
She also revealed that the doll's Nike tennis dress Is inspired by her outfit from the 2020 Australian Open.
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According to Mattel , "Naomi Osaka is honored as a Barbie® Role Model. After beginning her professional tennis career in 2013, Osaka quickly rose through the ranks, eventually making history in 2018 as the first Japanese player to win a major title in a singles match. She returned to win another major title in 2019, propelling her rank as the number one tennis player in the world. Osaka went on to win her fourth major title in 2021. 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."
The doll sold out within hours, which is unfortunate if you'd love to pick one up for your child. We hope it comes back in stock, soon, though—and we've included a link below just in case!
In 2018, professional tennis player Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a major title in a singles match. She went on to win her fourth major title in 2021. Both a powerful athlete and an outspoken agent for human rights and racial justice, Naomi is a force, on and off the court. Naomi Osaka Barbie® doll wears a Nike tennis dress with brushstroke print, inspired by a look she sported at a major match in 2020. With a white Nike visor, light blue athletic shoes and a replica of her Yonex tennis racket, she's ready to hit the court. This fully posable Naomi Osaka Barbie® doll makes a great gift for collectors, tennis fans and kids ages 6 years and up. Doll cannot stand alone. Colors and decorations may vary.
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