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Barbie Will Receive A CFDA Fashion Award

Yes, it's for real!

We all know that Barbie is more than just a toy — she's a cultural icon. From taking on multiple careers (at one point she was even a palaeontologist) to participating in countless collaborations with big brands, the doll has come a long way since her launch six decades ago. In this digital age, she even does lifestyle vlogs and posts her outfits on Instagram. With all these, somewhere along the way, Barbie has become more of a personality than a mere toy. Case in point: She's getting a CFDA fashion award. Yes, it's true! She's even attending the ceremony.

What's the big deal? Only that the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards is one of the most prestigious award-giving body in the industry. With the CFDA's Board of Directors' Tribute Award, Barbie will join the ranks of Michelle Obama, Tom Ford and Gloria Steinem who also received the same honour in the past. To celebrate Barbie's win, here's a recap of her most fashionable moments that prove she deserves the accolade. 

 Barbie in Oscar de la Renta

In 2016, the beautiful "Something Blue" Oscar de la Renta Barbie was released. The doll is decked in a bridal piece that features delicate lace and stylish detailing. However, this wasn't the first time that Barbie collaborated with the designer. Back in the 1980s, Carol Spencer — the woman behind Barbie's looks — managed to get approval from Oscar de la Renta to have the dolls that wore his pieces be sold under his name. These limited edition dolls are now vintage collectables and are worth a fortune.

Barbie in Christian Dior

Barbie was dressed in Dior twice and both ensembles were iconic. One was in 1995 where she's donning a fabulous bejewelled brocade dress in metallic gold and black. The other was released in 1997 and this time, the outfit is inspired by the 1947 Dior New Look that featured a full skirt and a fitted top. High-fashion, indeed!

Barbie in Diane von Furstenberg

Far from Barbie's usual sundresses, the Diane von Furstenberg doll wears a very stylish wrap dress. It was released in the mid-noughties and was marketed as a jet-setter look complete with a suitcase, newspaper and oversized handbag accessories. It's very much done with the chic designer's personal fashion in mind.

Barbie in Karl Lagerfeld's signature look

Just when we thought Barbie can only rock feminine clothes, we're proven wrong when she was dressed up in Karl Lagerfeld's signature ensemble with the fingerless gloves, high-collared top and skinny pants. We don't know what it is, but it just works. Maybe that's the magic of Barbie — everything looks good on her. 

Moschino's Barbie-Inspired Collection

If there's anything that can prove Barbie's cultural influence, it's this Barbie-inspired collection by Moschino for their Spring/Summer 2015 runway show. From the baby pink trackers to the hot pink suit, all of these looks are deliciously glam that even top fashion influencers like Chiara Ferragni got a piece