Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has hit back at critics and says she is ‘creeped out’ by fans who urge her to maintain her ‘innocent image’ in response to social media comments on a recent swimwear photoshoot. Osaka, the world’s highest-paid female athlete, enjoys a massive fanbase on social media platforms. However, Osaka received some mean comments from people on social media after she posted some pictures wearing a swimsuit. Also Read - Sania Mirza Opens up on Battle With Depression After 2008 Olympics, Says Remember Crying For No Reason
The 22-year-old tennis star lashed out at all those people who asked her to maintain her ‘innocent image’ and “don’t try to be someone you are not”. “I just wanna say it’s creeping me out how many people are commenting at me to maintain my “innocent image” and “don’t try to be someone your not”,” the former world number one Osaka said in a tweet. Also Read - Mutua Madrid Open: Is Paula Badosa the Next Maria Sharapova?
“You don’t know me, I’m 22, I wear swimsuits to the pool. Why do you feel like you can comment on what I can wear?” she added. Also Read - French Open Postponed by a Week Due to COVID-19 Outbreak, to Start From May 24
This post from the Japanese star came in response to comments from fans who criticized her after she posted a series of images of herself in swimwear and other modeling poses in recent weeks.
In May this year, Osaka had become the highest-paid female athlete in the world, topping American great Serena Williams.
According to Forbes magazine, Osaka had earned $37.4 million in the last one year from prize money and endorsements. She earned $1.4 million more than legendary Williams, setting an all-time earnings record for a female athlete in a single year.
Maria Sharapova previously held the record with $29.7 million in 2015.
Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, ranks No. 29 on the 2020 Forbes list of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes while Williams is No. 33.