Nigeria’s Mowalola Ogunlesi is One of Six Designers Chosen to Style Barbie

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It’s quite rare to think that there wasn’t a child who didn’t grow up having a Barbie doll or at least, who desired to have one. Sixty years ago, the first barbie doll collections were first released, and to memorialise the global influence it’s had as well as its progression over the years, British Vogue has engaged the help of six young creators, including London-based designer Ogunlesi, to commemorate the variety of the doll range.

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Mowalola Ogunlesi is a London-based designer with an internationally distinguished and powerful resumé to prove it. From styling celebrities like Solange Knowles for her Dazed Magazine cover, Skepta‘s 2018 “Pure Water” music video, Nike’s popular World Cup kit (which was just recently relaunched this year) to styling Grammy award-winning rapper, Drake. With that in mind, Ogunlesi is certainly a trailblazer in the industry. More freshly, British Vogue has commissioned Ogunlesi and five other designers to dress the iconic Barbie doll in their own signature styles.

Explaining her signature design for Barbie, Ogunlesi said,

Mine is a world where everyone is free in terms of what they wear, in terms of how they think, and my women aren’t threatened by anyone—they are taking back their power. She [Barbie] is a Mowalola superhero. [She’s] strong, captivating and ready to have a really good time. I want to be wherever she’s going.


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