Kim Culmone

Kim serves as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Design for Barbie and Fashion Dolls at Mattel Inc. and as such sets the creative vision for fashion doll brands including Barbie. She is committed to keeping the brands she leads innovative and reflective of the world kid’s see around them. Throughout her 20-year tenure at the company, Kim has maintained a creative process that emphasizes purpose-driven, human-centric design. As featured in the Hulu documentary Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, in 2015 she led the design of the most diverse doll line in the brand’s history. This bold product reinvention led to a TIME cover, was named one of the “Top 25 Inventions of 2016” by the magazine and received the coveted “Doll of the Year Award” from the Toy Industry Association. In March of 2019 Kim was honored with the Visionary Leadership Award from Shane’s Inspiration for championing the addition of dolls that utilize a wheelchair and a prosthetic limb to the Fashionistas line.Adding representation of physical disabilities to this core Barbie doll line is an example of the brand’s purpose to inspire and nurture limitless protentional through play.

Kim resides in West Hollywood, California, and is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is passionate about the advancement of women and girls, supports the arts and LGBTQ+ organizations in her community and serves on the board of directors for the Wright Institute Los Angeles, a mental health non-profit. Kim is a member The Toy Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.