Barbie Is Getting a Major Fashion Award: The Many Times She Inspired Celebrities

The iconic doll is going to be honored at the 2019 CFDA Awards.

By Samantha Schnurr May 16, 2019 4:36 PMTags
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Come on, Barbie, let's go to the CFDA Awards. 

On Thursday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the one and only Barbie will be honored with the Board of Directors' Tribute at its upcoming annual awards. The award comes at a fitting time as the iconic doll launched 60 years ago. 

"Barbie has had such wide influence on American fashion and culture," Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA, said in a statement. "Her story personally resonates with so many CFDA members that the Board of Directors decided to honor her with the special tribute."

In fact, fellow 2019 CFDA honoree Bob Mackie, who is being celebrated with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award this year, collaborated with Barbie on a collector doll in 1990. The famed figurine has taken on many different looks over the years, including as supermodels Ashley Graham and Gigi Hadid

Kacey Musgraves Is Life-Size Barbie at Her Met Gala Debut

"It is a tremendous honor for Barbie to be recognized by the CFDA Board of Directors for her contributions to American fashion. For the past six decades, Barbie has inspired and been inspired by fashion and creative communities," Richard Dickson, Mattel's President and Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement. "Barbie has had the great privilege of collaborating with some of the greatest designer of our time and this award is a moment to celebrate her lasting influence."

Indeed, the doll's influence continues to shine brightly in Hollywood, most recently with Kacey Musgraves imitating Barbie in Moschino to the 2019 Met Gala

"I felt like I was in a doll factory, just being like painted up," she told E! News' Zuri Hall  on the pink carpet. "But, it's been really fun."

Here are a few more fun times Barbie inspired our favorite stars:

Margot Robbie & Ryan Gosling

The Barbie co-stars channel the iconic dolls in '80s-inspired clothing while filming the upcoming movie.

Margot Robbie

Come on Barbie, let's go shopping! The actress is a pink dream for the first promo of her upcoming movie, Barbie.

Paris Hilton

The socialite has been known to sport bubblegum pink Barbie-esque looks throughout her years in the spotlight. 

Rita Ora

Back in 2014, the songstress committed to the Barbie look for Halloween. 

Hailey Bieber

For Halloween in 2016, the model transported a few decades back for her '80s Barbie look. 


The iconic performer and her family were inspired by Barbie and Ken for Halloween 2016. 

Kylie Jenner

The reality star channeled the doll, box and all, for Halloween in 2018. 

Kacey Musgraves

The star did her best Barbie impression at the 2019 Met Gala in pink Moschino