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Barbie to Receive Brand Icon Award at 60th Annual Clio Awards

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Mattel’s Global Head of Dolls, Lisa McKnight, to Accept Honor at the Manhattan Center in New York City on September 25

NEW YORK—(August 29, 2019)— The Clio Awards, the premier international awards competition for the creative business, today announced that Barbie will be honored with a Brand Icon Award at the 60th annual Clio Awards ceremony, hosted by Andy Cohen. Mattel’s Global Head of Dolls, Lisa McKnight, will accept the honor on behalf of the brand on stage at the Manhattan Center in New York City on September 25th.

“Both Clio and Barbie are celebrating our 60th anniversary this year,” said Clio President Nicole Purcell. “Our culture has evolved in so many ways over the last six decades, but Barbie’s iconic message has always remained the same. The brand’s commitment to empowering girls to believe in themselves, their choices and their unlimited potential is still so timely and so powerful, we’re thrilled to be able to honor that message and celebrate our shared history as part of our milestone awards ceremony.”

The Clio Brand Icon Award distinguishes a brand that has transcended the product or service it provides to become a permanent fixture in popular culture. Each recipient is chosen for elevating its brand to icon status among its peers, industry experts and consumers. As the original girl empowerment brand, Barbie’s purpose since 1959 has been the to inspire the limitless potential in every girl. As a true global icon, Barbie is the number one girls’ brand in the world today, and with 99% global brand awareness, one of the most famous, iconic and talked about brands ever created.

“Barbie has stood the test of time because of the brand’s ability to connect to culture and it’s innate purpose – to inspire girls around the world to be anything,” said Lisa McKnight, Global Head of Dolls at Mattel. “Evolution makes a brand relevant, but purpose makes a brand eternal.  Today’s consumers want brands they can believe in and Barbie’s dedication to championing girls is what will make the next 60 years even better than the first.”

For more information about the Clio Awards or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.clios.com.

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About The Clio Awards

The Clio Awards is the premier international awards competition for the creative business. Founded in 1959 to celebrate creative excellence in advertising, the Clio Awards today honors the work and talent at the forefront of the advertising, sports, fashion, music, entertainment, and health care industries. Clio recognizes the world’s most innovative work annually at Clio Sports in May, the Clio Awards in September, which includes Clio Music; at the Clio Entertainment Awards in November; and online with Clio Fashion & Beauty and Clio Health.  Noting the diverse and ever-changing creative landscape, Clio acquired and revamped global ad database Ads of the World and re-launched its content platform musebycl.io in 2018, to celebrate creativity 365 days a year.


Sheena Bermingham

Director of Public Relations, Clio




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