Havana has gone Hollywood, and not absolutely everyone is thrilled. “Both the Karl Lagerfeld Chanel fashion display and Kardashian trip to Cuba for their Tv show is emblematic of celebrity culture at its worst,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) told The Instances on Thursday in an statement.
And Tuesday, Lagerfeld took over the Prado, a primary colonial-era boulevard in Havana, and turned it into a glitzy runway to display his 2016 cruise assortment for Chanel. “I know it may possibly be a higher bar to ask famous individuals to draw consideration to human rights abuses by the Castro regime,” stated Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and joined the Property of Representatives in 1989, “but enjoying a role in generating Cuba a entertaining, no-worries location is absolutely nothing but a cruel trick on the Cuban folks. The Kardashians are taking lots of selfies in Havana, but are they taking stock of the reality on the streets they walk on?” There are ties among Lagerfeld and the Kardashian-Jenner clan: Kendall Jenner, who was not on the trip, not too long ago posed in Chanel for V magazine and has walked the runway for the designer.
Lagerfeld has appeared in Kim Kardashian’s mobile game, lunched with Kanye West and photographed Kim whilst she was pregnant. Kimye’s daughter, North West, manufactured her modeling debut in Chanel. Khloe Kardashian’s Cuban actuality incorporated smoking cigars at the Havana Club Museum of Rum with good friend Malika Haqq and sisters Kourtney and Kim and striking a higher-vogue pose in front of a wall boldly etched with Fidel Castro’s identify. Lagerfeld’s show, which counted Vin Diesel, Gisele Bundchen and Tilda Swinton between its visitors, included an right after-celebration in Havana’s Cathedral Plaza, which the Connected Press explained had a seaside-party theme, total with a giant tiki-style lounge, a dance floor, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, plus a quick personal concert by French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. “We could not see anything,” Mabel Fernandez of Havana informed the AP on Wednesday morning. “It wasn’t proper. My daughter was dying to see it.” Fernandez had been excited Tuesday afternoon as she waited on the Prado with her 14-12 months-previous to see some thing they’d “by no means observed in Cuba,” but they and others wound up being herded off by hundreds of state security officers until they have been behind police lines blocks away by the time the present started. Khloe was nonetheless fired up about Cuba on Wednesday night, however. “I cannot wait to get back home and start with my Spanish tutor!,” she tweeted. “Just a newbie but I am on my way! Here is hoping!”
Ros-Lehtinen, meanwhile, had one thing else to say, telling Folks magazine, “Have not the Cuban men and women suffered adequate?”
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