Naomi Osaka has been named one of four co-chairs at this year’s Met Gala, which is scheduled to be held on September 13.
She will join actor Timothée Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish and poet Amanda Gorman to co-host the event, while Tom Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour will serve as honorary presidents.
Osaka, 23, responded to the announcement in a quintessentially hilarious manner, posting on Twitter: “If I see Rihanna ima pass out.” With the tennis star waiting for the big day, GiveMeSport Women examines his new role in more detail.
What is the Met Gala?
The Met Gala, formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala, is held annually at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It acts as a fundraising event that marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion show.
The guestlist always includes the biggest celebrities in the world, including actors, artists, musicians, sportsmen and influencers. With such stars in attendance, the Met Gala became the fashion industry’s premier annual red carpet event.
Each year’s event celebrates the theme of the Costume Institute’s respective exhibition. This year, guests are encouraged to wear an outfit that matches the theme of “American Independence.”
What will Osaka do?
As co-chair, Osaka will work with Chalamet, Eilish and Gorman to put together the guest list, choose the setting and organize the overall aesthetic for the evening.
The Co-Chairs will also walk the red carpet and dress according to the theme. Those who have held the role in the past also took to the stage at the Met Gala Dinner.
Osaka will be able to take inspiration from compatriot Serena Williams, who was co-chair of the 2019 Met Gala.
Why was Osaka chosen?
The four co-chairs have been chosen to be “Generation Z Superstars”. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam winner, was selected in particular after becoming “one of the best dressed athletes around”.
“Although she was born in Japan, tennis champion Osaka’s formative years were spent in the United States, racking up titles and developing an irreverent sense of style,” said the Vogue co-chair.
“The colorful and striking pieces that she prefers on and off the court have made her a creative muse and one of the best dressed athletes around.
Osaka already appeared on Vogue in December. Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, is also a huge tennis fan and is a regular participant in the US Open. Selecting Osaka as the co-host of the Met Gala seems a natural fit.
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