Laetitia Casta

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Laetitia Casta
CASTA Laetitia-24x30-2005b.jpg
Casta by Studio Harcourt Paris, 2005
BornLaetitia Marie Laure Casta
(1978-05-11) 11 May 1978 (age 35)
Pont-Audemer, France
OccupationActress, model
Years active1993–present
AgentAdéquat, Hamilton Hodell, IMG
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
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Laetitia Casta
CASTA Laetitia-24x30-2005b.jpg
Casta by Studio Harcourt Paris, 2005
BornLaetitia Marie Laure Casta
(1978-05-11) 11 May 1978 (age 35)
Pont-Audemer, France
OccupationActress, model
Years active1993–present
AgentAdéquat, Hamilton Hodell, IMG
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]

Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (born 11 May 1978)[2] is a French actress and model. Casta became a "GUESS? Girl" in 1993 and gained further recognition as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1998 to 2000 and as a spokesperson for cosmetics company L'Oreal. She has appeared on over 100 covers of such popular magazines as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle and Glamour, and modeled for designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Lolita Lempicka, and Vivienne Westwood. Casta became an established actress, appearing in the films Gainsbourg (A Heroic Life), Face and Blue Bicycle, as well as the play Ondine at the theatre Antoine.

Early life[edit]

Casta was born in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France. Her mother, Line Blin, is from Normandy. Her father, Dominique Casta, is from Corsica. She has an older brother, Jean-Baptiste, and a younger sister, Marie-Ange. She spent her childhood in Normandy and Corsica.[3]


Angèle in The Maiden and the Wolves

Casta's modeling career reportedly began when she was discovered by the photographer Frederic Cresseaux,[4] during a family holiday in her father's native Corsica, at age 15.[5] After her unexpected registration by Jeeby, Casta was elected Miss Lumio 93.[6]

Casta has been the L'Oréal Paris brand ambassador since 1998.[7] She has been featured in Guess? Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu, Pepe Jeans, Alberta Ferretti and XOXO ad campaigns. Casta has appeared on over 100 magazine covers including Victoria's Secret catalogs, Harper's Bazaar,[8] ELLE magazine, and Vogue magazine. She walked down the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Casta was one of the company's signature Victoria' Secret Angels from 1998 to 2000. She also appeared in three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, Rolling Stone, and the Pirelli Calendar 1999 by Herb Ritts and 2000 by Annie Leibovitz.

In 1999, Casta was ranked first in a national survey ordered by the French Mayors Association to decide who should be the new model for the bust of Marianne, an allegorical symbol of the French Republic, which stands inside every French town hall.[9]

Casta became the focus of a controversy[10] when, after being selected to be Marianne, newspapers in Britain and France[11] reported that she had relocated to London where taxes on high earners are lower. Casta's father said she went to London for professional reasons; on a TV show, she also said that she rented a flat in London to be near her boyfriend.[12] The French minister of the interior spoke about Casta on the radio;[13][14] comparing the advantages of living in France with regard to the drawbacks of London[15] after political opponents used Casta's relocation to London as an opportunity to criticise the government.[16][17]

She is the face of fragrances Chanel's Allure, Givenchy's Forbidden flower, Cacharel's Promise, Bulgari's BLV II, Ralph Lauren's Notorious, and in 15 June 2012 D&G's Pour Femme shot in Erice by Mario Testino.[18] The Parisians could follow her Adventures in the Galeries Lafayette by Jean-Paul Goude.[19] For Christmas 2011, Peter Lindbergh shot True Love, the very thought of Casta at the summit of Manhattan and between the snowy lions of marble of the New York Public Library for Tiffany & Co.[20] On 10 March 2010 in Paris, she opened the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show.[21] On 27 September 2010, she closed the Roberto Cavalli SS 2011 fashion show in Milan.[22]

For her first movie, Casta has made forays into the blockbuster Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar directed by Claude Zidi, a live-action film of the comic book Asterix created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in which Obelix, portrayed by Gérard Depardieu, plays a love interest for Falbala.[23] Casta appeared in Les Âmes Fortes, a dramatic film directed by Raúl Ruiz.[24] Her interpretation of Brigitte Bardot in the movie Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) revealed the actress[25] who received her first nomination at the César Award. Casta served as a jury member at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in 2012.[26]

Political involvement[edit]

On 6 April 2008, Casta demonstrated in a White March of nonviolent protestation to ask for the immediate release of Ingrid Betancourt, presidential candidate kidnapped since 2002 by the FARC.[27] On 30 April 2002, she attended the demonstration Vive la République after the first round election of the 2002 presidential election.[28]

Personal life[edit]

On 19 October 2001, Casta gave birth to her daughter, Sahteene. The father is Stéphane Sednaoui. Casta is engaged to Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. The couple have two children, a son named Orlando, born on 21 September 2006, and a daughter named Athenà, born on 29 August 2009.[29]

Awards and recognition[edit]

2012Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres(French)
(Knight in Order of Arts and of Letters)
France Minister of Culture and of Communication
2011Nominated for the César Award of the Best Supporting Actress
as Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
César AwardsNominated
2008Golden Swann of the Best Actress
as Catherine in Born in 68
Cabourg Film Festival (French)Won
2001Ranked No. 1 Top 50 Most Beautiful Women[30]
1999Marianne for the 21st century[9]82nd congress of AMF, the French Mayors AssociationWon


YearPlayRolePlaywrightStage DirectorTheatreCityReview

Elle t'attend

(She is waiting for you)
Anna[31]Florian ZellerFlorian Zellerthe MadeleineParis 8thMadame Figaro[32]


OndineOndine[31]Jean GiraudouxJacques Weber

Tour in regions

Antoine - Simone Berriau


Paris 10th



Une histoire d'amour[26]

The young womanHélène Fillières
2012ArbitrageJulie CoteNicholas JareckiFirst American film
Do not disturbAnnaYvan Attal

La nouvelle guerre des boutons

(The War of the Buttons)
SimoneChristophe Barratier

Derrière les murs

(Behind the Walls)

Julien Lacombe

Pascal Sid

Островът (Bulgarian)

(The Island)
SophieKamen Kalev

First film with English dialogue

RioPerla (Jewel)Carlos Saldanha

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

(Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life)
Brigitte BardotJoann SfarNominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Performs Gainsbourg's songs on the soundtrack


(Face) 臉 (Chinese)
SaloméTsai Ming-Liang

Fleurs dans le miroir,
lune dans l'eau

(Flowers in the mirror,
moon in the water)
herself, SaloméFrançois Lunel

Nés en 68

(Born in 68)

Olivier Ducastel

Jacques Martineau
Cabourg: Golden Swann of the Best Actress

La jeune fille et les loups

(The Maiden and the Wolves)
Angèle AmblardGilles Legrand

Le Petit Monde de Charlotte

(Charlotte's Web)
Charlotte A. CavaticaGary Winick

Le grand appartement

(The Big Apartment)
Francesca CigalonePascal Thomas

La Déraison du Louvre

(The Irrationality of the Louvre)
The young womanAnge LecciaShort film without dialog shot in the Louvre museum[35] for which Casta was for the first time in cover of Les Cahiers du Cinéma.[36][37]


The naiadAnge LecciaShort film
2004Luisa SanfeliceLuisa Sanfelice

Paolo Taviani

Vittorio Taviani
TV film for France2, RAI Uno


LouDamien Odoul

Rue des plaisirs

(Love Street)
MarionPatrice LecontePerforms on the soundtrack

Les âmes fortes

(Savage Souls)
ThérèseRaoul Ruiz

La Bicyclette Bleue

(The Blue Bicycle)
Léa DelmasThierry BinistiTV film for France2
GitanoLucia JuncoManuel Palacios

Astérix et Obélix contre César

(Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar)
FalbalaClaude Zidi

Music videos[edit]

2010RihannaTe AmoAnthony Mandler
1999Chris IsaakBaby Did a Bad, Bad ThingHerb Ritts

I Muvrini

Terre d'Oru(English)(Corsican)(Greek)Stefano Salvati

DVD and Blu-ray[edit]

2007Laetitia CastaStudioCanalFrench2with Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dominique Issermann, Sylvie Lancrenon, Jamel Debbouze, Omar Sy & Fred Testot, Frédéric Lopez, Jean-Paul Goude, Jacques Weber, Claude Zidi

Humanitarian action[edit]

2010Porteurs d'Eau (French)Water-carrier is an initiative of France Libertés - Danielle-Mitterrand foundation (French)
2006Rose Marie Claire (French)Casta among Claire Chazal, Isabelle Adjani, Axelle Red, Monica Bellucci and Tina Kieffer with the Rose Marie Claire (French) are shot by Jeff Manzetti for the association Toutes à l'école (French)
2005Action InnocenceShe belongs to the Committee of support of Action Innocence[38] to protect the children from the dangers of the Internet.
2004ELAWearing giant sneakers, Casta on a wooden horse is shot by Georges-André Cretton
for the ELA's book Shoes on to beat the disease[39]
OrphanAid AfricaShot by Christophe Kutner, Casta between Inès de la Fressange and Cécile de France wears love beads (French) (2nd tab) for OrphanAid Africa founded by Lisa Lovatt-Smith.
Sébastien ProyartShe supports Sébastien Proyart.[38]
Action Contre la FaimCasta drew a winged blue heart on a plate for the bidding of 19 November 2004 to help Action against Hunger
2002Occi, paese rinascitu (Corsican)In the headquarters of the association Occi recovered village at the Caffè di a Mossa of Lumio in Corsica, Casta helped to reconstruct the old chapel of Annunziata in the abandoned village of Occi.[40]
Watch the Occi video on YouTube by official
1999Restos du cœurDernière édition avant l'an 2000 (Last edition before year 2000), Les Enfoirés[41] a charity concert tour at the Zénith for the Coluche's association Restaurants du Cœur that collects food for the homeless.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] at IMG Models
  2. ^ FMD profile. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  3. ^ Laetitia Casta, Assouline 1999, p. 12
  4. ^ Laetitia Casta's biography by Vogue Paris
  5. ^ Laetitia Casta, Assouline 1999, p. 15
  6. ^ Laetitia Casta Official: Miss Lumio 93(French)
  7. ^ L'Oréal Paris, Laetitia Casta's biography
  8. ^ Harper's Bazaar uk Cover october 2012 by Sebastian Faena Hairstyle by Nicolas Jurnjack [2]
  9. ^ a b "The Marianne". Consulate General of France in New York. 
  10. ^ La fugue Casta, affaire d'Etat (French), Le Soir, 4 April 2000
  11. ^ Quand Marianne s'exile à Londres (French), Le Point, 31 March 2000
  12. ^ Marianne: impôts ou intox à la Une (French), Libération, 6 April 2000
  13. ^ Au revoir, les taxes, Salon, 17 April 2000
  14. ^ Zut Alors! A National Treasure Flirts With Heresy The New York Times, 9 April 2000
  15. ^ "France galled by model move", BBC News, 3 April 2000
  16. ^ Symbol of France prefers London, The New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2000 also in Die Welt (German) on 10 April 2000 quoting the Daily Mail's title Marianne Unfaithful.
  17. ^ "The disloyalty of Marianne", The Economist, 6 April 2000
  18. ^ Laetitia Casta: Dolce & Gabbana's latest fragrance muse, Swide, 15 June 2012
  19. ^ Jean-Paul Goude official: Work > Advertising > Photography
  20. ^ Laetitia Casta's campaigns, Alla Rosa Production
  21. ^ Mower, Sarah (10 March 2010). Style, Louis Vuitton Fall 2010, Paris
  22. ^ Style, Roberto Cavalli Spring Summer 2011 RTW, Milan 27 September 2010
  23. ^ Elley, Derek (31 January 1999). Asterix & Obelix Vs. Caesar, Variety
  24. ^ Laetitia Casta cuts teeth on Serious Film International Herald Tribune, 29 May 2001.
  25. ^ Aftab, Kaleem (16 January 2010). Saga of a tormented artist's highs and lows, The Independent
  26. ^ a b "Marina Abramovic, Laetitia Casta, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero to form the Venezia 69 International Jury chaired by Michael Mann". Venice Film Festival. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  27. ^ White March for Ingrid Betancourt(French), INA, 6 April 2008.
  28. ^ Demonstration Vive la République(French), France 3 TV news 19|20 by INA, 30 April 2002.
  29. ^ Sei mamma? Ti licenziano (Italian) (You are mother? You are fired), Style, 28 April 2009
  30. ^ " - Laetitia Casta former Number 1". Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  31. ^ a b Laetitia Casta Officiel: Theatre(French)
  32. ^ Laetitia Casta : "Quand on est tendre, on est soi"(French), Madame Figaro, 23 August 2008
  33. ^ "Laetitia Casta begeisterte als Wassernixe in Ludwigshafen"(German), Hamburger Morgenpost, 30 November 2005
  34. ^ Devine qui vient ondiner(French), L'Humanité, 27 September 2004 by Jean-Pierre Léonardini
  35. ^ Danesi, Fabien. Review about The Folly of the Louvre, Films by The Louvre
  36. ^ Frodon, Jean Michel (April 2006). The Dream of Light. Les Cahiers du Cinéma, issue 611.
  37. ^ Frederic Sanchez: English > Press > Les Cahiers du Cinéma, April 2006
  38. ^ a b L'Oréal about the associations of Action Innocence and of Sébastien Proyart
  39. ^ Cretton, Georges-André; Mabillard, Gérard Philippe (May 2004). Flammarion, ed. Tous en baskets (in french). ISBN 978-2-08011-318-4. 
  40. ^ L'oeil de la Balagne (French), L'Express, 20 June 2007
  41. ^ Les Enfoirés for the Restos du cœur. Search "Casta Laetitia"

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