Nike has created an empowering and gorgeous new ad campaign, featuring some of the strongest women athletes around the world. Among them is Li Na, the first Chinese tennis player – man or woman – to win a major international title.
According to her Wikipedia page, Li Na’s career path is far from a straight path to stardom. She has left the Chinese national team twice, once in 2002 to complete a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, and the final time in 2008 as an act of independence from the state-run athletic program. In addition,
Her career has been plagued by injuries and other troubles that have prevented her from playing for lengthy periods. She suffered a two-year hiatus from competition in her early 20s, lost several months at the height of the 2005 season to an ankle injury, and lost the second half of 2007 to a rib injury.
I find her story incredibly inspiring, and I do hope that Nike’s new ad campaign will do the same for millions of girls and women around the globe.
* Campaign photos by Annie Leibovitz, another woman on top of her game.
** Nike also features Maria Sharapova, Hope Solo, Allyson Felix, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Sofia Boutella, and Laura Enever.