Naomi Osaka has launched a capsule collection of anime face masks.
The tennis ace, along with her sister Mari, teamed up with UNICEF Japan to donate all the profits from the face masks to programs that support disadvantaged young people in Japan.
The 22-year-old worked on the anime-inspired masks from her home in Los Angeles, with her sister helping with the design process while self-isolating in Florida, and Mari confessed that her Grand Slam-winning sibling was the brains behind the initiative.
“The idea came from Naomi at the beginning. I just kind of helped her with the design,” she told U.S. Vogue, noting that she and Naomi were keen to help stop the spread of Covid-19 by using their love of fashion.
“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,” Naomi explained. “So I wanted to release a mask that wasn’t just for protection, but could also be used as a fashion statement.”
They decided to partner with UNICEF Japan on the face mask, that features a pair of cartoon animal eyes, and the siblings hope that the cute design encourages more people to wear the potentially life-saving masks.
“Why wouldn’t you want a little animal on your thing so people can really understand how cute you truly are inside?” Naomi quipped.
The Naomi and Mari Osaka x UNICEF face mask, priced at $10 (£8), is available from the tennis star’s website, naomiosaka.com.
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