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Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (born 11 May 1978) 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.
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.
Casta’s modeling career reportedly began when she was discovered by the photographer Frederic Cresseaux, during a family holiday in her father’s native Corsica, at age 15. After her unexpected registration by Jeeby, Casta has been elected Miss Lumio 93.
Casta is the L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador since 1998. 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, 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.
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. The Parisians could follow her Adventures in the Galeries Lafayette by Jean-Paul Goude. 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.
On 10 March 2010 in Paris, she opened the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show. On 27 September 2010, she closed the Roberto Cavalli SS 2011 fashion show in Milan.
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. Casta appeared in Les Âmes Fortes, a dramatic film directed by Raùl Ruiz. Her interpretation of Brigitte Bardot in the movie Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) revealed the actress who received her first nomination at the César Award.
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.
On 30 April 2002, she attended the demonstration Vive la République to defend the French Republic, the freedom of the culture and arts after the first round election of the 2002 presidential election.
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.
Casta became the focus of an affair of state when, after being selected to be Marianne, the British press then the French press pretended that she relocated to London to escape taxes. Although she stated that she rented a flat in London for professional but also … love reasons on Nulle Part Ailleurs (Nowhere else TV show) in France on Canal+ according to Libération, the international press quoted the interview of the French minister of the interior speaking about Casta at the Great Jury RTL – LCI – le Monde. He compared the advantages of living in France with regard to the drawbacks of London after the offensive of the opposition making the most of this opportunity to criticize the government of cohabitation of the French Fifth Republic.
L’Humanité anticipated that Casta will play Ondine four years later heckling the reader by the hyperbole ”Eh bien qu’on la brûle” (Well, one should burn her) since, according to Jean Giraudoux, one burns the Ondines but one drowns the Salamanders, to finally conclude “Free Laetitia Casta”. The international press did not translate the final word of the French minister of the interior quoted by L’Expansion (French) on 3 April 2000: “the announcement of her installation is not corroborated”.
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.
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