Many women have been ruling the fashion world this year.

Some of them are commoners like Kate Middleton, who became the media's darling as she gained royal status, while others are celebrated singers, models, and actors, who rose to the heights of fashion. One fashionista who does not fit into either of these categories is U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, who also has made it on the IBTimes' list of top 10 fashion icons of 2011.

Start the slideshow to see the top 10 fashionistas, as the year draws to a close.