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Tennis Ace Naomi Osaka Is Louis Vuitton’s Newest Brand Ambassador

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Louis Vuitton has named Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka as a brand ambassador. The first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles, Osaka will also become the new face of the French luxury brand’s latest collection was photographed by Nicolas Ghesquière.

She will make her debut in the Spring/Summer 2021 campaign. “To become a global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me,” said Osaka.

Osaka won her second US Open in 2020 and held the title of the Highest-Paid Female Athlete by Forbes last year. Off the court, she has been very vocal about fighting against racial injustice. She was also adjudged Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year.

During the Arthur Ashe Stadium appearance at the US Open last year, Osaka wore a black mask with Breonna Taylor’s name emblazoned on it. She has been protesting against racial injustice and the death of Taylor, an African American who was shot dead by cops last year in May, and also the death of George Floyd.

Showing her support in the Black Lives Matter movement, Osaka had said, “Before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman.”

Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother. Even though she grew up in the United States, the 22-year-old holds dual citizenship and decided to represent Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2021. She won the US Open title in 2018 and grabbed the Australian Open trophy in 2019. She also became Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion (man or woman) after beating her idol, Serena Williams, in the US Open final in 2018. She went toe-to-toe with the 23-time Grand Slam champion and defeated her.

 

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Also Read: How Naomi Osaka Rose To The Top From World No.72 In A Year’s Time

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