Barbie named ‘Fashion Icon 2021’ by Fashion Icon Awards and Arab Fashion Council

This year, the Fashion Icon Awards and Arab Fashion Council (AFC) has named Barbie the Fashion Icon for 2021.

In tribute to Barbie, fashion designer Jeremy Scott presented Moschino’s archive collection inspired by Barbie and received the Council’s Medal of Honor.

Lebanese superstar Maya Diab, who was named the first Fashion Icon last year during a digital celebration from Beirut, presented the Trophy to Kim Culmone, Mattel’s Senior Vice President of Global Barbie Design.

Accepting the award on Barbie’s behalf, Kim said: “Barbie has always been more than a toy, she is an international icon deeply connected to culture. With fashion being a critical component of our brand DNA, we are inspired by the fashion community, and at times, Barbie has even been a source of inspiration for the very same talented community. For Barbie to receive the prestigious Fashion Icon Award 2021 from the Arab Fashion Council is a true honour and I look forward to the privilege of witnessing the incredible talent showing during Arab Fashion Week.”

“A Fashion Icon is a role model that inspires ideology, change and setting trends. Barbie has been and is still inspiring generations of children to embrace the best of over 200 careers,” said Mohammed Aqra, Chief Strategy Officer, Arab Fashion Council. “For over 60 years Barbie has been inspiring designers from around the globe including legacy creative directors. It is time for Barbie to be named the Fashion Icon in tribute to her lifetime achievement.”

The Fashion Icon is determined by a panel of over 500 industry members who vote anonymously through a period of 10 months each year. The recipient receives the iconic FIA trophy designed by Jacob Abrian, AFC’s founder.

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and Get in touch at

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