(CBS/AP) – The Duchess of Cambridge is now officially a part of the style elite.
Kate, who consistently makes headlines with her mix of looks – designer fashion one day, jeans the next – joins Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on top of Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list.
From the royal wedding to her stylish North American tour with husband Prince William, Kate’s “whirlwind year of fashion successes” earned her a spot on the 72-year-old list, according to the magazine.
- Pictures: Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list
- Pictures: Kate’s royal looks
- Pictures: Prince William and Kate
It is the second time she has appeared on the illustrious fashion poll. The Duchess was previously recognized in 2008, when she was known as Prince William’s girlfriend and went by the name Kate Middleton.
Other royals who caught the eye of the designers, retailers, editors, socialites, photographers and entertainers who submit ballots include Princess Alexandra of Greece, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Italian Countess Matilde Borromeo and Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar.
Mrs. Obama, a four-year veteran of the list, was named for the first time as part of a best-dressed couple, although President Barack Obama had been named on his own to the list once in 2009.
Bruni-Sarkozy, who is expecting her second child with husband, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is another repeat recipient.
Fashionable first-timers include Justin Timberlake, Colin Firth, Armie Hammer and Christine Lagarde, chief of the International Monetary Fund. Carey Mulligan and Tilda Swinton have each made it twice.
NBC Night News anchor Brian Williams was inducted to this year’s hall of fame.
Fashion professionals get their own category on the list; model Stella Tennant, photographer Mario Testino, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey and couple Lauren Bush and David Lauren were among those to make the cut.
Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae, the King of Bhutan and couple Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp fill the “fashion originals” group.
Vanity Fair inherited the list, considered one of the most influential in the fashion world, from the late fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert in 2004.
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