Although the United States of America fought for its independence from George III more than two centuries ago, its admiration for royalty has never really entirely diminished. The fixation with celebrity that coincided with the rise of mass media continues to this day unabated. The September 2018 issue of Harper’s Bazaar in particular puts forward its own slate of musical celebrities and their progeny, which it is celebrates as its Bazaar Icons. Beneath this hype and public relations calculus there is one editorial that stands out in the issue, notably the “American Dream” story starring none other than Next’s Blanca Padilla. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski in New York City, the story pays tribute to the life work of Ralph Lauren. As such, Blanca wears looks by the American icon around town, stopping by cultural landmarks that include the Empire State Building (pictured), Flatiron Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and more. The portraits are idealized, of course, shown to be impossibly free of the foot traffic normal for a metropolis with of more than 8.5 million inhabitants. What is not impossible, however is the striking beauty of Blanca or for that matter the elevated station she occupies in the high fashion. America, keep dreaming.

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Credits include: Publication, Harper’s Bazaar September 2018; Title, “American Dream”; Photography, Alexi Lubomirski; Styling, Joanna Hillman; Hair, Serge Normant; Makeup, Gucci Westman.

Blanca Padilla | Harper’s Bazaar September 2018 (Photography: Alexi Lubomirski)

Blanca Padilla | Harper’s Bazaar September 2018 (Photography: Alexi Lubomirski)