Cuba to be 2016's hottest country for celeb spotting?

Posted: 27-May-16 14:16

With many famous faces lured over by the prospect of witnessing an independent island nation unspoilt by the ravages of American commercialisation, Cuba is proving the place to be seen if you're an A-list superstar. Given this will only continue when commercial flights are resumed between the country and the US this summer, could Cuba be 2016's hottest new destination for celeb spotting?

Cuba to be 2016's hottest country for celeb spotting?

While we all know that US President Barack Obama and his family have all been in Cuba recently for diplomatic reasons, what you may not have realised is that they’re not the only prominent public figures to have been spotted in the country in recent months.

Indeed, with many famous faces from the screen, stage and fashion sector all visiting the island in the past few months, there have been few better places in the world to indulge in a bit of celeb spotting of late. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the big names to be spotted in Cuba in 2016.

Musicians

Though Jay-Z and Beyonce may have set the trend two years ago, 2016 has seen many famous musicians and recording artists visit Cuba. From old school icons like Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne and Dave Matthews to modern artists like Major Lazer and Ibeyi, the list of visitors to the island reads like a who’s who of musical history.

The visits of Katy Perry and Rihanna have been particularly prominent in the press for obvious photographic reasons, but singer/songwriters Solange Knowles and Justin Joslin, “Queen of Spanish Pop” Marta Sanchez and the hugely successful R&B star Usher have all recently visited. Cuba’s musical guest list for 2016 has also included hip hop stars Ludacris, KY Mani and Kanye West, who was joined by wife Kim Kardashian.

Actors

Given his starring role in the Fast and Furious movies, it should come as no surprise that Vin Diesel is one of the many actors to have visited the home of classic US automobiles recently. Other established stars of the silver screen to have been spotted in Cuba this year include Sir Ian McKellen, Natalie Portman, Helen Hunt and model-turned-actress Charlize Theron, while several international TV actors including Spanish star Úrsula Corbero have also been “papped” on the island.

Magic Mike heartthrob Alex Pettyfer, up-and-coming starlet Emily Ratajkowski and Cuban American actor and former male model William Levy – who is currently in the process of filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – complete a very long list of actors to have recently gone to the country for their close-ups.

Fashion, photography and dance

With the burgeoning reputation of its art and design scene, it should come as no real surprise that Cuba is proving a popular travel destination for a host of models, performers and photographers. In the field of fashion, world-renowned designer Karl Lagerfield and author of The Lady Loves Couture fashion blog, Marjorie Harvey, have both travelled to the country in search of inspiration, as have iconic models Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen and Sofia Tsakiridou.

In terms of the arts, meanwhile, Cuba has already been visited by the Zenon Dance Company and contemporary dancer Theo Clinkard, with iconic British photographer, Jill Furmanovsky – who is most famous for documenting rock musicians – also travelling to the island to mix business, education and pleasure.

With this exhaustive list of celebrities representing only the ones who were caught on camera or otherwise publically announced their visit, it should be obvious that there will probably be many more incognito superstars sipping Cuba Libres in the various cocktail haunts of Havana later in 2016.

Though “celebrity-spotting” certainly won’t be featuring on any of the pre-approved reasons for visiting Cuba any time soon, it may be seen as an added bonus for those who are planning to travel to the island this summer – just be sure you spend some time with the locals while you’re there too!


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