Born the 11th of May, 1978, Laetitia Casta is the
middle child to father Dominique and mother Line. Dominique, raised
on the island of Corsica, moved to Normandy where he met Laetitia's
mother. Laetitia (which means 'joy' in Latin) enjoyed drawing and
writing stories at an early age, and admits that she was quite a
daydreamer in grade school.
Although she surprisingly didn't attract many males
while in school and recalls feeling awkward and self-conscious,
her luck began to change at age 15. Casta was discovered by a photographer
and an agent from an important Paris modeling agency, Madison Models,
while on a beach near Corsica.
After her father finally agreed to the agency taking
some test photos of Laetitia, it took the founder of Madison Models
no time to see Casta's unmistakable potential; she didn't even need
the help of makeup or nice clothes, as she came to the photo shoot
in jeans and a t-shirt. Laetitia's career took off when the extremely
busy director of the French edition of Elle was also impressed by
and appearances in magazines quickly ensued. In search of
another star, Paul Marciano -- founder and art director of
Guess? and credited for the success of Claudia
Schiffer -- was immediately taken by Casta's perfection.
Thanks to Marciano, Americans had the luxury of getting acquainted
with Casta for her work in the Guess? ad campaign. Her work
as the Guess? Girl was her debut advertising campaign.
Next came her work with Victoria's Secret,
in 1996. Casta graced many covers of the Victoria's Secret
catalog, featured as one of the Angels, the name attributed
to the other four models of the company.
In 1997, Casta joined the ranks of fellow
models by appearing in the popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit
edition, for a total of three consecutive years.
One year later she was honored by Rolling Stone,
who named her the hottest model of the year, and placed a nude Casta
on the cover of their 'Hot' issue. Although this was not the first
time the magazine had featured a nude celebrity on the cover, it
was considered the most controversial issue.
In addition to Rolling Stone, Casta has graced the
pages of many magazines, including the Italian edition of Glamour;
Vogue; and Cosmopolitan, to name a few.
Guess? and Victoria's Secret weren't the only modeling
contracts signed by Casta. She became a spokesperson for the cosmetics
company L'Oreal in 1998, following the paths of fellow model Kate
Moss and actress Jennifer Aniston.
One of the biggest highlights of Casta's career
is her relationship with designer Yves St. Laurent. The designer
has considered Casta an inspiration since 1998, and consequently
the outfits Casta wears to public appearances are all personal Yves
St. Laurent creations.
Her appearance in the exclusive
Pirelli calendar -- considered a collector's item because
of the beautiful shots of only the best photographers -- can
also be considered one of Casta's accomplishments. The 1999
issue, themed "Women Through the Decades", features Casta
as representative of the women of the 1950s.
As if an illustrious modeling career wasn't
enough, Casta has also taken her talents to the big screen
in her feature film debut -- 1999's Astérix and Obélix --
the most expensive French film ever made, co-starring Gerard
Depardieu and Oscar winner Roberto Benigni.
Casta will also star in La Bicyclette Bleu
(The Blue Bicycle), a three-part made-for-French TV movie
set in World War II France.
Grand appartement, Le (2006) .... Francesca
Déraison du Louvre, La (2006) .... La visiteuse
"Luisa Sanfelice" (2004) (mini) TV Series .... Luisa Sanfelice
Errance (2003) .... Lou
Rue des plaisirs (2002) .... Marion
Âmes fortes, Les (2001) .... Thérèse
Gitano (2000) .... Lucía Junco
"Bicyclette bleue, La" (2000) (mini) TV Series .... Léa Delmas
Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar (1999) .... Falbala