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NAOMI OSAKA MAKES HISTORY AS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN ATHLETE TO GRACE THE COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION

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NAOMI OSAKA MAKES HISTORY AS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN ATHLETE TO GRACE THE COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION

by BOTWC Staff via https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/

She’s going to be making history for a long time!

Naomi Osaka is making history as the first Black woman athlete to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit Edition, USA Today reports.

Osaka has taken the sports world by storm, recently being named female athlete of the year by The Associated Press. Not only is she dominating in her lane, but the 23-year-old has been making major moves off the court as well. She’s becoming part-owner of a professional U.S. women’s soccer team, releasing a Barbie doll in her likeness that sold out in minutes, and providing access and opportunities to children in Los Angeles and Haiti through her tennis academy.

Now Osaka is making waves again, becoming the first Black woman athlete and the first Haitian and Japanese woman to grace the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. The tennis star recently took a step back from the sport, withdrawing from the French Open after deciding not to speak…

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