Naomi Osaka already has an impressive list of accomplishments: first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam and the first Asian to ever be world No. 1 come to mind. The two-time Slam champion can add her very own Barbie doll to the list.
Osaka is just one of a few superstars who have become part of the company's "Sheroes" initiative, including Ashley Graham, Laurie Hernandez. Yara Shahidi and model Adwoa Aboah.
"I think it means a lot," Osaka said in Indian Wells. "When I was a kid I was playing with Barbie dolls. It’s a little bit surreal. Having a chance to represent people that might not think they can be represented is a really big goal of mine."
The 21-year-old is donating her Barbie partnership fee to the IOA center, an elementary school that her father helped build in Haiti.