Gloria Estefan was once asked to spy for the CIA. The singer admitted that she considered it.
While working as a translator at the Miami airport, Estefan, who was born in Cuba, was reportedly approached because of her language skills. She had the ability to speak French, English, and Spanish and self-reported ability to “pass as a regular person without raising an eyebrow.” A skill she currently lacks, due to her later rise to fame. Although, she admits that being a singer would have been a great cover for a spy. This is a good instinct what with new technology that could potentially put cameras and voice recorders in headsets. A singer wouldn’t cause suspicion with a microphone. What about those new trendy sunglasses stars are so mad about? A small recorder fits nicely in each.
The CIA invited her to train in Atlanta. However, it was her mother, also Gloria, that talked her out of it. Her father, Jose Fajardo, was no stranger to government work as a bodyguard for Cuban president Fulgencio Batista and Estefan’s mother knew the stress of the job.
It appears that in today’s world anyone can turn out to be a spy. One just needs the opportunity.