Meet the Dolls Keeping New York City Alive

Top by Gogo Graham. Pants (worn as skirt) by Ermenegildo Zegna. Necklace and Bracelet by Tiffany & Co.

New York City is home to nearly 9 million humans, all eclectic and eccentric. For our September issue, we asked photographer Cruz Valdez and stylist Dara Allen to capture a few of the NYC dolls that are keeping this city alive. Meet them below.



Dress by Dior. Tights by Wolford. Earrings and Necklace (top) by Tiffany & Co. Necklace (bottom) Grey’s Own.


“Sweet as sugar, cold as ice, cross me once, I’ll block you twice.”



Dress by Miu Miu. Headband, Jewelry, and Thigh-Highs Sam’s Own.


“The only time you’ll catch this Manhattan princess crying is at the movies.”



Jacket by Loewe. Bikini Top by Matteau. Rings, Thong, and Belt Blair’s Own.


“I may be Blair the Barbie, but this doll isn’t made of ANY plastic.”




Dress by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Scarf (worn on head) and Earrings Stylist’s Own. Nose Ring Memphis Own. Bracelet by Isabel Marant.


“I’m the primrose of New York… but don’t forget about my thorns.”




Jacket by Dior. Dress by Spanx. Ring Ava’s Own. Thigh-highs Stylist’s Own.


“Pull up to the rave, baddest bitch don’t need nobody!”




Jacket by Moncler. Nose Ring and Necklace Olivia’s Own. Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti.


“Who says life isn’t a fairy tale when I’m the beauty and the beast?”




Top and Sweater (worn as Skirt) Celine by Hedi Slimane. Bag by Bottega Venetta.


“I’m an expensive Colombian import people just can’t stop getting addicted to.”




“A thief of hearts, beloved by all who meet her.”


Models: Sam at Ricky Michiels, Zholiē, Olivia at Joseph Charles Viola, Blair, Grey at Kev Mgmt, Memphis at New York Models, Ava, and Sauscha

Hair: Sonny Molina using Davines.

Hair Assistants: Jess Dylan and Nika Pearl-Edwards

Makeup: Kuma using Mac Cosmetics

Makeup Assistants: Mika Omura and Miki Ishikura

Stylist Assistant: Sebastian Acero

Photography Assistant: Amina Gingold

Production: Ryker Allen at Mini-Title