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Paris Hilton Brings Selfie Game to Diplomatic Relations Between US and Cuba

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | March 02, 2015

Paris Hilton Brings Selfie Game to Diplomatic Relations Between US and Cuba

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There is no clearer sign that restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased than Paris Hilton taking a selfie with Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart.

The Telegraph’s Nick Allen reports on Hilton’s recent trip to Cuba, where the heiress is hobnobbing with locals and taking myriad selfies of the area.

Oh sure, a diplomat would be nice, but this somehow works too.

At the heart of the article is a rather interesting turn of events. Two divided countries just now getting reacquainted with one another has led to Hilton snapping off a photo with Fidel Castro’s son, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, at the same hotel her great-grandfather had opened back in 1958.

Hilton has been keeping her fans updated via various social media outlets like Instagram. Here she is delving into the wonderful world of cigars:

And here is a quick peek at some of the sights and sounds of a Cuban boulevard:

Of course, Hilton mentioned one of the more historic stops pertaining to her family:

The caption reads, “Posing in front of the original "Habana Hilton Hotel" that my great grandfather Conrad opened here in 1958.”

It is that hotel that Allen describes: “In March 1958, under the Batista regime, Conrad Hilton opened the Habana Hilton, a 25-floor tower with more than 500 rooms and a casino, that was largest hotel in Latin America at the time.”

Tumultuous times would follow and Castro would take over control of the hotel: “The following year Castro set up his provisional headquarters in the building for several months.”

Some 50 years later there is a Hilton back in Cuba, snapping off pictures with a “paradise” hashtag: 

Now Allen reminds that Americans can visit Cuba as long as it’s for “for academic, religious and cultural programs.”

There is also the added note that the current administration is working to ease those restrictions even further.

In time millions of Americans may just visit the nation and see what they have been missing for decades. To the Cuban population, we might offer that an influx of smartphone-toting, selfie-stick waving tourists are on the way, and we apologize in advance.

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