Late last year, a gaggle of supermodels — including Alessandra Ambrosio, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski, Elsa Hosk, and Paulina Vega — all flew to the Bahamas together on a private jet for a fab-looking if a bit mysterious working vacation. Later, it was revealed what they were all up to: They were promoting the Fyre Festival, coming to the Bahamian private island Fyre Cay for two weekends, said to be packed with music, culture, art, food, and more than $1 million in real treasure and jewels hidden on the island.
And now, months later, just as those dates are kicking off, things aren't shaping up quite the way organizers intended when they booked that pricey roster of models to promote it. In fact, things are looking so bad for the festival on social media, it would be fair to call it an official trainwreck.
According to a report in the BBC, the festival, co-organized by Ja Rule with tickets costing up to $12,000, has been described as a "complete disaster" by festival goers. Think no security, cancelled flights, and cancelled performances. Instead of luxury experiences, people found shelter in tent cities, and slabs of cheese on sad white bread. Yipes.
Fyre Festival announced on Instagram that flights to the festival had been cancelled and refunds would be issued.
Headliner Blink-182 had already pulled out.
No statement yet from Ja Rule but even the Bahamas tourism authority had to weigh in on the mess:
People who did make it to the Bahamas were trying to flee, but even that wasn't going very well.
Needless to say, it's not the aspirational, seamless supermodel-filled private jet experience people might have once been led to expect.
Update: The festival has been postponed indefinitely.
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