Naomi Osaka’s skincare brand Kinlò signs five athletes to NIL deals
The GIST: August is hard court and back-to-school season, and Naomi Osaka is taking notes. On Monday, the tennis star’s skincare brand Kinlò inked five athletes to name, image and likeness (NIL) deals for its #GlowOutside campaign, becoming the latest company to enter the innovative NIL space with a values-based approach.
The details: Kinlò campaign ambassadors, including UNC basketball’s Deja Kelly and UCLA soccer’s Reilyn Turner, will undertake an educational campaign about year-round SPF usage for melanin-rich skin. The student-athletes will demonstrate how to use Kinlò products for preventative suncare.
The context: Osaka is practicing her stated aims as an athlete-turned-businesswoman. She launched boutique sports agency EVOLVE in May to help athletes focus on building their brands and use their “platforms to drive meaningful business.”
- Though EVOLVE is already adding athletes to its roster, it is unclear if the agency helped Kinlò book its new campaign ambassadors.
Zooming out: Kinlò joins a growing list of brands using their NIL dollars to tap into the commercial value of BIPOC athletes. Jordan Brand and Adidas, for example, both struck high-profile deals with Historically Black Colleges and Universities this year.
- The agreements don’t just benefit these student-athletes. Millennial and Gen Z consumers want companies to be authentic in their business practices. We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again — inclusivity always wins.