One point of contention for those who criticize this recent wave of A-list tourism revolves around the staggering gap between celebrity visitors and the average resident of Cuba, which Forbes recently described as “very closed and poorer than China.”
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By contrast, Forbes places the average Cuban worker’s salary averages under $30 per month, regardless of job title or qualification, adding up to around $360 annually.
And this disparity in wealth is apparent as celebrities continue to post their Cuban itineraries on social media.
Bündchen made sure to document their time in Havana as they skipped the Met Gala to vacation in Cuba.
The model captioned a photo of her view on an active Cuban street: “Hola Cuba!”
Most controversially, Khloé Kardashian posted an Instagram photo that showed her leaning against a wall inscribed paying tribute to former leader Fidel Castro.
“With everyday, my goal is to expand my mind,” she wrote. “Now, it has been filled with new memories and knowledge of culture, food, traditions, daily life…. It will never go back to yesterday’s dimensions! I’m so blessed to be able to appreciate another’s culture. God is GREAT! Thank you for my opportunities.”
But not everyone has appreciated the famous family’s representation of Cuba.
“I know it’s cool for celebrities to go to Cuba, but the Cuban people don’t experience the glamorous Havana that is featured on social media,” Rep. Ros-Lehtinen told PEOPLE exclusively on Wednesday. “Far from photo shoots and fruity drinks, everyday Cubans experience a different, sad reality. Now, the Kardashians are parachuting into the island to tape their vapid TV show. Haven’t the Cuban people suffered enough?”