According to HuffPost, the 21-year-old tennis star is joining Mattel’s “Shero” line.
According to HuffPost, the 21-year-old tennis star is joining Mattel’s “Shero” line. Other women included in the line are director Ava DuVernay, dancer Misty Copeland, Olympic gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Laurie Hernandez, and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Osaka spoke to HuffPost on how grateful she is to have her very own Barbie.
“For me, it’s a really big honor,” Osaka said, adding that it’s a “bit surreal” to be in the company of such women in the Shero Barbie line. “I can only hope to be as big of a role model as those women have been. I just hope that I inspire people as well.”
Osaka, now ranked world No.1, recently opened up about her newfound status as a role model and reflected on how her own childhood idols helped shape who she is today.
Check out the letter below.
Some thoughts I had these past few days after seeing recent interactions between people and after interacting with certain people ❤️. pic.twitter.com/lDfv9fRBEG
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) March 6, 2019
As of now, Osaka’s Barbie is not available for purchase.