Naomi Osaka to co-host Met Gala alongside Billie Eilish in September
Already considered as one of the most marketable figures in the world of tennis, Naomi Osaka continues to take strides outside of the sporting industry as she was announced as one of the co-chairs for the prestigious Met Gala in New York.
Formally known as the Costume Institute Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Gala is one of the most glamorous and star-studded events on the celebrity calendar. Following a year's hiatus due to the Covid Pandemic, the Met Gala is scheduled to return on September 13, 2021, the Monday after the US Open final.
"Gen-Z superstars Timothée Chalamet, Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman will serve as co-chairs, while Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri, and Anna Wintour comprise the evening’s honorary chairs," revealed Vogue Magazine in an announcement. "They may be young, but each of the night’s co-hosts has made their mark on fashion."
The four-time Grand Slam champion is fast becoming a regular in the fashion industry, as she has launched her own skincare line. Her unique sense of style has not gone unnoticed, as she is currently dabbling in swimwear design.
"Though she was born in Japan, tennis champ Osaka’s formative years were spent stateside, racking up titles and developing an irreverent sense of style," added Vogue magazine. "The striking, colorful pieces she favors on and off the court turned her into a designer muse and one of the best-dressed athletes around."
Tennis has always had a place at the exclusively prestigious Met Gala. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Roger Federer have been frequent invitees, with Williams and Sharapova even being invited to play themselves in the fake staging of the event for the 2018 heist film, "Ocean's 8."