There are a few people who have grasped the distinction between Naomi Osaka speaking in front of the press and posing for magazine covers.
Essentially, while the Japanese World No.3 is uneasy talking to the press, she is unconcerned about magazine cover publicity. As a result, after winning the first round of the US Open 2021, she clarified the difference between the two.
Osaka explained that the fashion shoots are primarily a learning experience for her. She said, on the contrary, that she has gotten “desensitized” to speaking at press conferences. Furthermore, the defending US Open champion stated that the Zoom calls occasionally give her “bad energy.”
The difference between press conferences and fashion shoots
First and foremost, Osaka stated that she enjoys reading fashion magazines and that is featured in one is a unique opportunity for a tennis player. Then she added the educational angle to it.
“For me, I love learning from those experiences because usually when you do Vogue or something, you can meet the designer or meet the head of the house. That’s like a cool experience for me,” Osaka said in an interview with US Open.
In contrast, the four-time Grand Slam champion spoke candidly about her sentiments about press conferences. She, on the other hand, focused more on the current situation.
“I think press conferences like these, I’ve become really desensitized to it because I’ve been doing them since I was really young. I feel like there are moments, especially during the Zoom calls, where I just feel like I’m sitting in front of a screen taking questions,” Osaka added.