Tennis but make it fashion! Not only is Naomi Osaka breaking records on the court, she's setting trends in the fashion world too on her new magazine cover for Vogue Hong Kong's digital July issue. In a stylish spread, the tennis champ sported a pair of larger-than-life blinged out tennis rackets as earrings that we just can't get enough of.
Vogue is known for its out-of-the-box cover visions with some of our favorite entertainers and public figures, but its latest feat with Osaka is setting the bar high for sports and fashion.
Vogue Hong Kong announced the news of its latest cover star via an official Instagram post detailing just a few of Osaka's astounding accomplishments. "#NaomiOsaka is the first of three #VogueHongKong digital exclusive stars for the Olympic "Women in Sports" special," the magazine wrote in a caption. "Osaka is currently ranked 2nd worldwide for singles in Tennis, and will be competing in the #TokyoOlympics where she will be making her debut representing Japan! At just 23 years old, Osaka is the world's highest-paid female athlete, and also takes the time and effort to give back to the community, empowering women in sports with her initiative, the Naomi Osaka Play Academy."
Osaka's chic fashion statement is all thanks to her all-Black styling team – which includes celebrity stylist Law Roach, hairstylist Martin-Christopher Harper, and makeup artist Autumn Moultrie with photographs taken by AB+DM. Her magazine cover with Vogue Hong Kong arrives right before she's set to compete in the Tokyo Olympics later this week. In an exclusive interview with the outlet, the star athlete reflected on her decorated career thus far and opened up about what motivates her to be great.
“Tennis is a solo sport, you cannot rely on a teammate when you’re having an off day. It’s about trusting yourself and the work you put in prior to the match,” she explains. “You may lose more than you win, be told ‘no’ more than ‘yes’ but if you stay the path, and put in the work you can be the best version of [yourself].”
Osaka's list of career achievements is growing by the day as she was also revealed as one of three cover stars of Sports Illustrated's 2021 Swimsuit Issue this week. More than that, she even inked a deal to secure her very own Barbie doll that sold out within a matter of hours.