Mattel Has Created A Barbie Doll After Tennis Champion Naomi Osaka
In 2018, Barbie launched the Dream Gap Project which aims to empower girls and inspire them to unlock their potentials. As part of this initiative, the brand has released a series of dolls to honor women who excel in their respective fields. From Frida Kahlo, Patty Jenkins, Chloe Kim, and more, the latest addition to the brand’s Signature collection is a Naomi Osaka Barbie doll, inspired by the 23-year-old Japanese professional tennis player.
Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion and the first Asian tennis player to hold the top spot in the Women’s Tennis Association. Aside from her excellent track record, she’s also a known advocate of human rights and racial justice. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Barbie has awarded her a doll in her likeness. In 2019, she was part of the Shero campaign alongside other extraordinary women from different fields.
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Mattel has released a Naomi Osaka Barbie doll, inspired by the 23-year-old Japanese professional tennis player
Meanwhile, her new doll this time around is part of the brand’s Role Model series. Unlike her previous doll which was a one-off edition, this one has been made available for public purchase. Designed by Carlyle Nuera, the doll dons a white Nike tennis dress with brushstroke print. Apparently, this look takes inspiration from Osaka’s outfit from the 2020 Australian Open.
In addition, the doll sports a matching white Nike visor and a pair of light blue Nike tennis shoes. Of course, the tennis star’s signature look wouldn’t be complete without a replica of her Yonex tennis racket. Best of all, the doll features 22 points of articulation for infinite posing possibilities. More than just a collectible, Osaka hopes her doll could also remind every child that they can be and do anything.
Retailing for $29.99, the doll has unfortunately sold out just a few days after its release. Luckily, you can sign up on Barbie’s website, so you can be notified whenever it gets back in stock.