Rafa Nadal to strip for Tommy Hilfiger ads

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been named the new face of US fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, a role which will see him stripping for an underwear advertising campaign.

Rafa Nadal to strip for Tommy Hilfiger ads
In 2011, Rafa Nadal also stripped down in the name of fashion, appearing in campaigns for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans. Screen grab: Armani/YouTube

In a piece of good news for the tennis player who has struggled through an injury-plagued 2014, Nadal will feature in Hilfiger's 2015 autumn underwear and tailored clothing advertising campaigns.

Industry sources say the deal between the two long-term friends could net the world's number three up to $4 million (€3.2 million), Women's Wear Daily reported.

This won't be the first time Nadal has stripped to his smalls to give his healthy bank balance a nice little boost. In 2011, he appeared in campaigns for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans.

Speaking about the deal Hilfiger said Nadal would have input into the designs of the clothes he will be wearing in the company's campaigns.

The designer also said Nadal would sport his clothes in his free time: “Whenever he wears a suit, he’ll wear our suit."

For his part, the tennis player feels his sense of style is a perfect fit with the preppy US brand.

"I’m a classic guy. I like to wear jeans, polo shirt, normally. To go out, it depends on the situation, or if I am in the winter or I am in the summer, no? If I am in the winter I like to wear jeans, shirt and jacket. If I am in summer, I like jeans and T-shirt or jeans and polo. Classic,” Nadal told Women's Wear Daily in 2013.

Nadal, considered the best clay court player in the world, has won the French Open a record nine times on his way to winning 14 grand slam titles, a total only bettered by his long-time rival, Swiss star Roger Federer.  

His uncle and coach Toni Nadal recently caused a stir when he said Federer was better than his own disciple.

"I think he (Federer) is (the best of all-time), the numbers say that," Toni Nadal told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

Federer also eclipses Nadal — just — when it comes to earnings. The Swiss was named the seventh richest athlete in a recent Forbes list while Nadal came in at number nine.    

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Amancio Ortega’s daughter to take over as Zara and Inditex boss

Marta Ortega, daughter of Spain's wealthiest man, will take over as chairwoman of the world's biggest fashion retailer in a generational shift for the firm, Inditex announced on Tuesday.

Amancio Ortega's daughter to take over as Zara and Inditex boss
Photo taken in 2016 shows the founder and chairman of the Inditex fashion group Amancio Ortega (R) with his daughter Marta Ortega. Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP

She will replace Pablo Isla, who has been chairman since 2011, in April, the company said in a statement. He was deputy chairman between 2005 and 2011.

Ortega, 37, has been working for the company in different areas for the last 15 years, even working anonymously as a shop employee at one point to learn the ins and outs of the company.

She is the youngest daughter of Amancio Ortega, 85, who founded fast-fashion giant Zara with his ex-wife Rosalia in 1975 in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia.

He remains the firm’s largest shareholder with a 59 percent stake and is one of the world’s richest men.

“I have lived and breathed this company since my childhood, and I have learned from all the great professionals I have worked with over the last 15 years,” Marta Ortega said in the statement.

“I have always said that I would dedicate my life to building upon my parents’ legacy, looking to the future but learning from the past,” she added.

Inditex, which operates nearly 7,000 stores worldwide, posted a net profit of almost 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) during its first half of 2021, which runs between February and July.

The fashion group owns seven other brands in addition to Zara, including upmarket Massimo Dutti and teen label Stradivarius.

It is the world’s biggest fashion retailer, ahead of Swedish rival H&M.

Stocking shelves

Inditex thanked Isla, who is resigning, for his “leadership and vision” during his 17 years at the firm, saying the group had become “the leading company in its sector worldwide” under his watch.

It also hailed Marta Ortega, saying she “has led the strengthening of Zara’s brand image and fashion proposition, an area she will continue to oversee.”

She studied international business in London and carried out months-long stays in the departments of finance, accounting, sales analysis and design when she began working at Inditex.

Marta Ortega also briefly worked as an anonymous employee at the group’s shops in 2007, reportedly stocking shelves, to get a better understanding of how they operate.

Oscar Garcia Maceiras, who had become the company’s general counsel and secretary of the board in March, will become CEO “effective immediately”, Inditex said.

Her will replace Carlos Crespo, who took the post two years ago. Crespo will remain chief operating officer.