Two time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has has launched a charity face mask amid the Coronavirus pandemic. This limited edition face mask is being sold to benefit under-privileged children in Japan.
The idea has been so successful that the first batch of masks has sold out and she is currently working on getting some more.
“I was seeing everyone in the US wearing the same medical mask, and I remember in Japan even before this whole situation happened, everyone was wearing masks and they were quite fashionable,”
Mari Osaka, who is ranked at 305 in the world, was enlisted to help on the project. Mari added that the idea of launching face masks came from Naomi.
“The idea came from Naomi at the beginning,” she told Vogue. “I just kind of helped her with the design. I was seeing everyone in the U.S. wearing the same medical mask, and I remember in Japan even before this whole situation happened, everyone was wearing masks and they were quite fashionable.”
“I just looked at her drawing and thought, ‘Oh, that looks really fun,’ so I started to copy her, which I guess is what I did in tennis as well. But that’s what started everything,” she said.
“I wanted to release a mask that wasn’t just for protection, but could also be used as a fashion statement,” added Naomi.
Masks are available via Naomi’s official website. Designs are inspired by the siblings’ love of cartoons.
“Why wouldn’t you want a little animal on your thing so people can really understand how cute you truly are inside?” Naomi asks.
Mari added, “I’m not sure why it’s now becoming a political thing to not wear the mask—we should all be wearing them, and so it might as well be fashionable and cute.”