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 Laetitia's looks.
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.
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