Laetitia Casta biography
Bio:Laetitia was raised in Normandie and Corsica, France, in the middle of an animal-filled forest, Laetitia has a down-home charm that's truly infectious. At the age of fifteen, Laetitia was discovered while vacationing with her family on a beach in Corsica, "the island of beauty", in France.
A modeling agent from the Madison Models' Agency approached her, and handed her father a business card with an invitation to bring his daughter to Paris for some test shoots. Once her father finally agreed to the agency taking some test photographs, her unmistakable potential was recognized by the founder of Madison Models - despite the fact that the shoot occurred without the aid of makeup and a designer wardroom which many models rely on to promote themselves. Within weeks of her first shoots, she was walking the runway for Jean-Paul Gaultier. However, her career did not begin to take off until the director of the French edition of Elle saw and was impressed with Laetitia's looks.
Modeling contracts and appearances in magazines quickly ensued. Paul Marciano, founder and art director of Guess? who is incidentally accredited for the success of Claudia Schiffer - was taken by Casta's near perfection. Her work in the Guess ad (she became their new front Girl) was her debut advertising campaign. Shot by Neil Kirk in Jamaica in October 1994. Thanks to Marciano, Guess has brought her international exposure and recognition.
In addition to Rolling Stone, Casta has adorned the pages of many other magazines, including the Italian edition of Glamour; Vogue; and Cosmopolitan. In 1998, she joined Kate Moss and Jennifer Aniston in becoming a spokesperson for cosmetics company L'Oreal. Casta's relationship with designer Yves St. Laurent has helped to promote her career. Since 1998 Casta's public outfits have all been personal Yves St. Laurent creations.
Her appearance in the exclusive Pirelli calendar, considered a collector's item because it consists of beautiful shots taken by the most prestigious photographers, is considered one of Casta's accomplishments. In the 1999 issue, themed Women Through the Decades, Casta is featured as representative of the 1950's woman.
She lives in Paris with her parents, older brother and younger sister. Laetitia enjoys car racing with her friends, traveling, cooking with her mum and spending time with her younger sister. Laetitia also has a brown belt in Judo, she feels that it helps her in her modeling career to have control. To set limits for herself, to adopt a non-aggressive stance and to think with her mind not her emotions.
Laetitia became a French national obsession when she was elected by all the French mayors to be the representation of Marianne's effigy, the French Republic symbol. Known for her great sense of humor and a good head on her shoulders, Laetitia can look forward to a bright future.
Campaigns:Alberta Ferretti, Agatha, agnes b., Alain Manoukian, Brunello Cucinelli, Cacharel ?Promesse? fragrance, Cashmere, Carlo Colucci, Chanel 'Allure' fragrance, Dana B. and Karen, Daniel Swarovski, Diamond.com, El Corte Ingles, Escada Sport, Federica, Galeries Lafayette, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy 'Fleur d'interdit' perfume, Giorgio Grati, Guess?, Isaac Mizrahi, J.Crew, Kathleen Madden, Kerastase, Kookai, Lafayette Galleries, La Redoute, Linea T, Lolita Lempicka perfume, L'Oreal, Morgan, Pantene, Pain de Sucre, Pepe Jeans, Phard Jeans, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Ungaro, Victoria's Secret, Via Spiga, XOXO, Yves Saint Laurent 'Baby Doll' & 'Paris' fragrances, Zapa, Zoomp
Covers:Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Para Ti, Marie Claire, Photo, Dessange, Telestar, TV Hedbo, VSD, Madame Figaro, Vogue, In Style, Vanity Fair, Arte de Vivir, Chic, El Semanal, Harper's & Queen, She, Seventeen, Mademoiselle
Fashion shows:Vivienne Westwood, Lolita Lempicka, Victoria's Secret, Corinne Cobson, Collette Dinnigan, Kenzo, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Adolfo Dominguez, Chanel