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

Richard Dickson, president and chief operation officer of Mattel, said that, “It is a tremendous honor for Barbie to be recognized by the CFDA Board of Directors for her contributions to American fashion.” He added, “For the past six decades, Barbie has inspired and been inspired by fashion and creative communities. Barbie has had the great privilege of collaborating with some of the greatest designers of our time and this award is a moment to celebrate her lasting influence.”

Barbie’s in exceedingly good company: Past recipients of this honor have included Gloria Steinem and Michelle Obama. There’s no comparing a plastic doll with the real life achievements of those women, but you can’t argue that she looms large in the collective imagination.