Chanel in Cuba
Antonio Castro, aspiring model and grandson of former president Fidel Castro, is seen prior to the show. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Karl Lagerfeld presented his Chanel Resort 2017 Collection in Old Havana on Tuesday, with a gorgeous and glamorous show that was surely one of the most controversial events that has happened in Cuba recently.

One of the highlights of the show included Antonio Castro’s appearance, the 19-year-old aspiring model better known as “Tony” Castro., and grandson of former president Fidel Castro’s. While his participation definitely raised some eyebrows, given the leader's railings against capitalism, Castro sustains he is thrilled to have been a part of the event. “It is an honor for all Cubans for this big event to take place here,” he said.

The 19-year-old got a lot of attention across the world, so we gathered a few facts to get to know Tony a little better. Check them out below:

  1. He is young and ambitious: At only 19 years old, Tony reportedly wants to start a modeling career and is making it happen.
  2. He is allegedly a word traveler: Rumors of the Castro family’s fortune have long stood and the family (including Tony) has reportedly taken luxurious trips Paris, Greece, Turkey and many other destinations.
  3. He does not fully agree with his grandfather’s revolutionary views: Castro defended the controversial Chanel show, saying it was “an honor” for every Cuban that got to participate in the event.
  4. He did not show face on the runway: Many of the male models in the fashion show had their faces covered, so the media has had a hard time confirming if Tony actually walked the runway or not. Some outlets confirmed he did walk side by side with Cuban models Lupe and Yohanna.
  5. He reportedly got a contract: Lagerfeld’s fascination with Cuba and its music is more than evident, so that probably contributed to the fact that he allegedly offered Castro a modeling contract with the brand. This means we might be seeing much more of Tony in the near future.

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