Maria Sharapova invests in skincare

Apr 13, 2014, 08:49 IST | A correspondent

Russian tennis ace set to invest in global beauty products company to help Americans battle skin cancer

Tennis hottie Maria Sharapova seems to have as many number of aces up her sleeve off the field as she has on it. After launching her own candy line Sugarpova besides being the face of a number of global brands like Nike, Samsung, Porsche and Tag Heuer, and even dabbling in commentary, the Russian beauty is now all set to enter the super competitive world of beauty products.

Maria Sharapova. Pic/AFP.

Sound investment
The four-time Grand Slam champion is all set to invest in American skin care company — Supergoop. The Russian is said to be keen to spread awareness of skin cancer, an ailment that affects one out of five Americans, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. It’s no wonder then that Sharapova topped Forbes’ list as the top earning female athlete for the ninth consecutive time last year with her income of USD29 million.

Speaking about her latest investment, the 26-year-old said told USA TODAY: “I thought the idea of being an equity owner would be the next phase in my business development.”

Influential voice
“If there was a cream you could put on your body that would prevent women from having breast cancer you can imagine how incredibly popular it would be. The voice that I have can be quite powerful in this category,” added Sharapova, who herself uses the six-year-old company’s products.

“To date, there has not been a broad reaching voice for ultra-violet (UV) education and we’ve finally found our megaphone in Maria,” said Supergoop CEO and founder Holly Thaggard.

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