Zoe Saldana visits Cuba, celebrates birthday and models in fashion photoshoot

Posted: 29-Jun-16 14:32

American actress, Zoe Saldana is in Cuba to do a special fashion photoshoot for People en Espanol and film scenes for her upcoming movie, Live by Night, set in the 1920s and co-starring Ben Affleck who is also the film's director. She landed in the Cuban capital a week ago just in time to celebrate her 38th birthday and ever since has posted photographs of her visit on her Instagram account and spoken about her love affair with the Caribbean country describing her being on the island as "a dream come true".

Zoe Saldana visits Cuba, celebrates birthday and models in fashion photoshoot

Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana is in Cuba and, to the delight of her Cubans fans, she’ll be assuming the role of a Cuban woman for her next movie instalment, Live by Night, a period feature set in the 1920s, dubbed Cuba’s Golden Era and the time when notorious American gangsters built luxury hotels and casinos in the island.

Zoe, who is half-Dominican and half-Puerto Rican, arrived to Cuba with her Italian husband, Marco Perego, plus a full entourage that included People en Espanol’s team of photographers and fashion editors. She landed in Havana just in time for her 38th birthday which she celebrated at popular Cuban paladar, La Fontana, (where Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z also dined, among other celebrities who’ve recently visited the island) in the company of friends and People en Espanol who posted a video on Instagram of the actress being surprised with a cake, singing and clapping along a Dominican birthday song before blowing out the candle.

The American beauty, who is proud of her Latin heritage and afro-Caribbean roots expressed her personal joy at being in Cuba and described her visit as the realisation of a dream.

In her own words, she said of her first visit to Cuba:

"It's a dream come true to be here in Cuba."

As published by People en Espanol, she continued:

"All my life I've been in love with Cuba and have respected the Cuban culture. To finally be here and walk the streets with the Cubans who live here is a gift that I will never take for granted..."

During her days in Havana, Zoe will be following in the steps of Rihanna with a glamorous photoshoot for People en Espanol, in which she will be modelling clothes for famous Hispanic fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Oscar Caravallo and Angel Sanchez.

Some snaps taken during the official photoshoot were shared with the public via People en Espanol’s Instagram account. On one of their shared snaps you can see Zoe Saldana donning a typical Cuban straw hat and drawing a Cuban cigar to her lips while posing next to her Cuban driver, under the caption: “The star of our #septemberissue @zoesaldana with our driver in Havana @enmanuelsanchez”. The picture was taken on the lower ground of one of Cuba’s crumbling mansions, home to its most prestigious paladar: La Guarida. The popular private restaurant was quick to also post pictures of the star posing with the restaurant’s staff on their Facebook account.

On her part, Zoe, shared a more personal snap via her Instagram account in which she was seen cuddling up to her husband while sitting on the famous staircase that leads up to Cuba’s most famous private restaurant, mentioned above.

After she’s done with People en Espanol’s fashion photoshoot which will undoubtedly take place on the incredibly photogenic streets of Havana as well as some of its dramatic indoor locations, she will have become the latest celebrity to choose Cuba as the fashionable Caribbean destination of the moment.


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