6 of Naomi Osaka’s best fashion moments off the court: the tennis champ has deals with Nike and Levi’s, wore Louis Vuitton at the Met Gala 2021, and promoted Black Lives Matter at the US Open 2020

Naomi Osaka is both a fashion and tennis icon. Photos: @naomiosaka/Instagram

Congratulations are in order for tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, who recently revealed on her social media that she is expecting! The four-time grand slam winner shared the exciting news ahead of the Australian Open 2023, and assured fans that she would be back next year.

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning the championship point against Jennifer Brady of the United States during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in February 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Getty Images
As we wait for the 25-year-old athlete’s comeback on the court and the maternal ‘fits that she will be sporting, let’s take a look back at Osaka’s major fashion moments off the court.

1. Co-chair of the Met Gala

Naomi Osaka wore a colourful Louis Vuitton ensemble for her stint as co-chair of the Met Gala in September 2021. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram
Who can forget Osaka’s stint as a co-chair of the Met Gala 2021 – also known as fashion’s biggest night of the year – alongside Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Gorman and Billie Eilish? Adhering to the chosen theme, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, the Haitian-Japanese tennis star walked the red carpet in a jaw-dropping Louis Vuitton ensemble.
Naomi Osaka stunned in her Louis Vuitton outfit for her role as co-chair at the Met Gala 2021. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram

Per Vogue, the custom corseted dress and silk-mix ruffled cape started as a digital watercolour art piece by Osaka’s sister Mari. They included the Koi fish as a tribute to their Japanese roots.

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2. NYFW debut with Adeam

Naomi Asaka unveiled her creative collaboration with Japanese designer Hanako Maeda at 2020’s New York Fashion Week. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram
In 2020, Osaka broke barriers at New York Fashion Week with a creative collaboration with Japanese designer Hanako Maeda and her fashion brand, Adeam.
Naomi Osaka with Japanese designer Hanako Maeda. Photo: @adeam/Instagram

The two artists drew inspiration from their cultural backgrounds, creating wearable art that featured traditional and modern Japanese elements.

3. Vogue cover girl

Naomi Osaka is the second tennis player to land a Vogue cover. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram
Following the footsteps of living legend Serena Williams, Osaka became the second tennis player to land on Vogue’s cover, stated the magazine. The “People’s Champ” stood tall in an asymmetrical striped Louis Vuitton dress for the magazine’s December 2020 issue and opened up about her meteoric rise to stardom since defeating Williams at the 2018 US Open final.

4. Multiple partnerships with Nike, Victoria’s Secret and Levi’s

Naomi Osaka is a Louis Vuitton ambassador. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram
Aside from being a Louis Vuitton ambassador, Osaka has also signed multimillion-dollar deals with other giant brands, from her latest sporty and feminine collections with Nike to her daring denim pieces with Levi’s.
Naomi Osaka has a collaboration with denim brand Levi’s. Photo: @naomiosaka/Twitter
She even hopped on board Victoria’s Secret’s VS Collective back in 2021.

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5. Using style to make a political statement

Naomi Osaka has used her platforms to promote movements like Black Lives Matter. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram

Back in 2020, Osaka used her platform at the US Open to put the Black Lives Matter movement in the spotlight. The two-time winner of the annual tournament showed up for her matches wearing a series of face masks emblazoned with the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Elijah McClain, Philando Castile and Tamir Rice – all of whom were victims of police brutality and racial injustice.

Naomi Osaka used her masks to spread awareness about those who were victims of police brutality and racial injustice. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram

“For me, I just want to spread awareness,” Osaka explained to reporters via a video conference. “I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story.”

She added, “Maybe they’ll like Google it or something. I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.”

6. A classic LBD look on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Naomi Osaka posted this photo for her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to promote her new book, The Way Champs Play. Photo: @naomiosaka/Instagram

More recently, in December 2022, Osaka had another head-turning fashion moment while chatting about her new children’s book, The Way Champs Play. The tennis star donned a black baby doll dress from Zimmermann for her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, per WWD. Osaka paired her look with a gold choker necklace and diamond stud earrings.

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  • The four-time grand slam champion just announced her pregnancy news on Instagram before the Australian Open 2023, meaning we can soon expect the style icon to rock maternity looks
  • Until then, we take a look back at some of the Haitian-Japanese star’s greatest fashion moments, from LV on her Vogue cover after Serena Williams, to her Adeam x Hanako Maeda collab unveiled at NYFW