Kardashians’ Havana visit is portion of ‘a cruel trick on the Cuban folks,’ congresswoman says

Havana has gone Hollywood, and not everyone is thrilled. “The two the Karl Lagerfeld Chanel trend present and Kardashian trip to Cuba for their Tv display is emblematic of celebrity culture at its worst,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

told The Occasions on Thursday in an statement. And Tuesday, Lagerfeld took more than the Prado, a main colonial-era boulevard in Havana, and turned it into a glitzy runway to demonstrate his 2016 cruise assortment for Chanel. “I know it may be a substantial bar to request renowned folks to draw interest to human rights abuses by the Castro regime,” stated Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and joined the Residence of Representatives in 1989, “but taking part in a function in producing Cuba a fun, no-worries location is practically nothing but a cruel trick on the Cuban individuals. The Kardashians are taking tons of selfies in Havana, but are they taking stock of the actuality on the streets they stroll on?” There are ties among Lagerfeld and the Kardashian-Jenner clan: Kendall Jenner, who was not on the journey, recently 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 even though she was pregnant.

Kimye’s daughter, North West, produced her modeling debut in Chanel. Khloe Kardashian’s Cuban actuality incorporated smoking cigars at the Havana Club Museum of Rum with buddy Malika Haqq and sisters Kourtney and Kim and striking a substantial-style 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 among its visitors, included an right after-celebration in Havana’s Cathedral Plaza, which the Linked Press stated had a beach-get together theme, comprehensive with a giant tiki-design lounge, a dance floor, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, plus a brief private concert by French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. “We couldn’t see something,” Mabel Fernandez of Havana told the AP on Wednesday morning. “It was not right.

My daughter was dying to see it.” Fernandez had been fired up Tuesday afternoon as she waited on the Prado with her 14-yr-previous to see some thing they’d “by no means witnessed in Cuba,” but they and others wound up being herded off by hundreds of state security officers right up until they had been behind police lines blocks away by the time the present began.

Khloe was nevertheless fired up about Cuba on Wednesday night, even so. “I cannot wait to get back house and start off with my Spanish tutor!,” she tweeted. “Just a beginner but I’m on my way! Here is hoping!” Ros-Lehtinen, meanwhile, had some thing else to say, telling Individuals magazine, “Haven’t the Cuban folks suffered sufficient?”

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source http://www.latimes.com