Kim Kardashian and Gisele Bündchen's Lavish Trips to Cuba: Stacking Up Their Significant Pay Gap with the Average Cuban Worker

05/05/2016 AT 05:25 PM EDT

Cuba hasn't always been a tourist hot spot, but recent visits by stars including Kim Kardashian West and Gisele Bündchen have put the country in the spotlight – to both negative and positive effect.

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."

So how great, exactly, is the pay gap at work here?

According to Forbes, Kardashian raked in an estimated $28 million in 2015 while Bündchen banked $44 million dollars before taxes and expenses between June 2014 and June 2015.



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!"

And the Kardashian clan, who jetted off to Cuba earlier this week with their Keeping Up film crew, have been marking their presence known.

Most controversially, Khloé Kardashian posted an Instagram photo that showed her leaning against a wall inscribed paying tribute to former leader Fidel Castro.

Elsewhere, Kardashian expressed her gratitude for the chance to take in local culture, including smoking cigars with Kim, older sister Kourtney and friend Malika Haqq.

"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?"
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