Do you have icky feelings about the fact that Karl Lagerfeld is staging his Chanel cruise show in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday? If so, you're not alone, and now the Internet is here to add another layer of weirdness: Spanish-language digital outlets are alleging that one Tony Castro, grandson of Fidel Castro, will be walking for Chanel when the runway show begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. We can't yet confirm the rumors, but we do know that fashion loves nothing more than a young person related to a famous older person, apparently even if that older person is a tyrannical dictator, it would seem. The younger Castro's potential casting muddles the already troubling idea that Chanel and its crew of models, bloggers and editors will be celebrating Cuban culture for marketing purposes — certainly not to appeal to a customer base on the island — despite the fact that the restrictive dictatorship continues, as do human rights violations and widespread poverty.
Modeling shots of the 19-year-old Castro, such as the image above, have been circulating along with reports of his modeling debut. We'll find out tonight if the casting reports are true, but in the meantime, we have some hints as to which runway regulars will also be in attendance. Models Gisele Bündchen, Mariacarla Boscono and Stella Tennant have all either been spotted or revealed their presence in the country by posting on Instagram, as have Binx Walton, Mica Arganaraz, Pauline Hoarau, Marjan Jonkman, Barbora Podzimková and Lauren de Graaf, to name a few. Lagerfeld has also organized a photographic exhibit entitled "Obra en Processo/Work in Progress," of his own work, on view at the Factoria Habana until May 12.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Chanel cruise 2017 show in Havana, Cuba.