Celebrities Visit Favelas During Carnival
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A number of celebrities visiting Brazil for the country’s famous Carnival celebrations have taken time out from the festivities to visit a favela, one of the informal housing developments that are common in cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Actor Will Smith visited Rio’s Vidigal favela community, accompanied by actress and model Kim Kardashian and singer Kanye West.
Will Smith visited the favela community of Vidigal during Carnival, photo by Casa Alta Vidigal.
The trio visited the Zona Sul (South Zone) favela, located near the wealthy district of Leblon, on Sunday (February 10th), posing for photographs with locals and amongst themselves.
Vidigal enjoys stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, with increased security in recent years following the pacification and UPP (Police Pacification Unit) in January 2012. Since then Vidigal has also received United States House of Representatives John Boehner.
Andreas Wielend, owner of the popular Casa Alto Vidigal guesthouse was one of the favela residents to see Smith. “He had lots of security but stopped for a few photos with locals. It was a fairly quick visit I think,” said Wielend.
For a real look at the favela life read Favelas of Rio