Naomi Osaka Debuts Fire-Red Hair At Tokyo’s Opening Ceremonies

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Today, July 23rd, marks the official start of this summer’s Olympic Games. The Opening Ceremony was held earlier this morning, and though spectators were not allowed in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, the formal event ran in traditional fashion, with the parade of nations, and the symbolic lighting of the Olympic flame.

Per tradition, the torch-barring honor goes to a distinguished athlete from the host county. This year, Japanese tennis champion Naomi Osaka — who will be representing her home country in the Games — lit the torch. Not only did the tennis star fulfill the honorable duty, she also debuted a new hairstyle fitting for the occasion: fire-red box braids.

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka holds the Olympic Torch before lighting the flame of hope in the Olympic Cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka holds the Olympic Torch before lighting the flame of hope in the Olympic Cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

During competition, Osaka usually wears her hair natural, typically in a ponytail with a visor. Off the court, however, she’s not shy about glam, experimenting with pink hair extensions and protective styles like box braids, with the help of her go-to hairstylist Martin-Christopher Harper.

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This Olympics Ceremonies look is in a league of its own. If you look closely, you can see that the braids are multi-colored, an ombré color play of red, orange, and magenta pink. The scrunchie ponytail gives the style a sporty aesthetic, while the face-framing braids give it a fresh and trendy twist. Not only do the flame-red box braids match the Olympic torch, we’re assuming they’d also complement a gold metal quite nicely.

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