If you don't already want to visit the island, 'She is Cuba' will inspire you.
Husband-and-wife photography duo BJ Formento and Richeille Formento, of Formento & Formento, first met on a trip to Cuba in 2005, vowing to return again to capture the arresting mix of decay and desire that they found emblematic of the country.
In 2014, they finally got their chance to record the last days of a rapidly changing post-Fidel Cuba. Their project, She is Cuba, chronicles the country’s aesthetic allure and rich cultural pathos through the faces of some of the island’s most beautiful women. The photographers shared the stories behind their favorite images with Maxim.