American reality TV stars take on Cuba - the Kardashian clan arrives in Havana

Posted: 14-May-16 12:28

America's most notorious reality TV family is the latest to take Cuba by storm. The Kardashians recently arrived in the country with cameras in tow. While a private Cuban magazine has been documenting their visit closely, not everyone is pleased with how the family is portraying the country's history and future.

American reality TV stars take on Cuba - the Kardashian clan arrives in Havana

As more and more celebrities set their sights on Cuba, one well-known reality TV family is getting mixed reactions with their visit. Unlike other high-profile visitors, the Kardashians were not invited guests to the much-anticipated Chanel fashion show going on at the same time as their visit, however they are getting a lot of attention for their own trip to the island.

Much like the many American magazines and publications that follow their every move, a private Cuban magazine is closely documenting the family’s visit. It is also being taped as part of their continuing U.S. reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Vistar Magazine, an independent online magazine based in Cuba, has posted numerous photos of the family’s stay on the island over the past few days. In a 4th May article Vistar published four photographs showing sisters Khloe and Kourtney dining with Kim and her husband Kanye West in Havana. On the same day another posting shows a photo of Kim, Kanye and their daughter North sitting in the back of a classic convertible on a Cuban street.

Meanwhile, a 5th May article posted on Vistar shows additional photos of family members leaving Hotel Parque Central in the same pink vintage American car, also making mention of sites visited such as the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativas. In addition, a separate 5th May article on Vistar posts four more photographs.

Two of the pictures are of the sisters smoking Cuban cigars while another shows Khloe casually leaning back against a very famous and photogenic staircase, right under the name Fidel (Castro). This same location was chosen by Rihanna for her Vanity Fair photoshoot and the place is no other than the stairs leading up to Havana´s most famous paladar, La Guarida, the dining place where many other international stars have dined – from the Queen and King of Spain to Robert de Niro, Naomi Campbell, Jay Z accompanied by wife Beyonce, and more recently, Natalie Portman and Helen Hunt.

In a caption underneath that particular photograph, also posted on Instagram, Khloe remarks about how fortunate she is to experience another culture and make new memories while in Cuba. However, not everyone is coming out in support of some of the family’s choices in how to document the country. American fashion and style websites like Refinery 29 have published some scathing commentary posted on Twitter by people who don’t believe she is educated enough about Cuba’s history.

Still, though, the same website has also glorified some of the photographs of the sisters. In a 5th May article about the visit, author Molly Horan writes:

“And judging by the pictures they’re posting of their exploits, they’re having a blast.”

Along with referencing one of the cigar-smoking photographs, the article also points out that Khloe especially is a big fan of Cuban espresso. The same article expands upon the photographs of the classic cars the family used for sightseeing in Havana, showing a number of pink and red convertibles lined up along a city street.

While American and Cuban publications are documenting the family’s visit as it happens, footage shot as part of Keeping Up with the Kardashians is expected to air sometime later during the show’s 12th season.


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