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While the world’s most well-known cigar-wielding aficionados may be largely males, it’s about time to recognize the women with a passion for fine cigars. Hollywood and the media portrays cigar smoking as a male dominated hobby, from Sherlock Holmes to Jack Nicholson, John F. Kennedy to Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill to Scarface. While cigar smoking may be touted as a past-time for the manly men, in reality, there are a large number of females that enjoy kicking back and lighting up a premium cigar.
So let’s hear it for a few of our favorite cigar-smoking ladies, past and present:
Claudia Schiffer: Claudia Schiffer is undoubtedly one of the most well-known supermodels in the entire world. She has graced the covers of over 700 magazines, including Cigar Aficionado. Not only has Claudia Schiffer been called one of the most beautiful women in the world, she also appreciates a fine cigar. “I love the smell of a good cigar, the elegance, the feel. I enjoy the camaraderie of being with people smoking cigars, the friendship, the good feeling, the laughter.”
Marlene Dietrich: Marlene Dietrich was a German-born actress and singer who started her career during the 1920’s. Dietrich was named the ninth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999. She was rarely seen without a cigar hanging from her lips. It is assumed that she took up smoking in Berlin during the 1920’s where women’s cigar smoking clubs flourished.
Whoopi Goldberg: Whoopi Goldberg is best known as being a Grammy-Award winning comedian, actress, human rights advocate, and TV host. But a cigar aficionado? Not so much. Whoopi loves lighting up a stogie just as much as the next guy. Davidoff cigars are one of her favorite brands, although she has been known to enjoy a Cohiba cigar every now and again.
Cigar smoking is no longer a man’s world, with more and more women becoming cigar aficionados. Who is your favorite cigar smoking female? Jennifer Lopez, Demi Moore, Rosario Dawson, Heidi Klum?