NAME: Laetitia Casta|
HAIR: Brown with light brown streaks
BORN: May 11, 1978 in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France. Grew up in Corsica.
INCOME: Her estimated worth in 2000 is $5.3 million.
DISCOVERED: In Laetitia's own words "In August of 1993, when I was fifteen, I was playing with my little sister, Marie-Ange, on the beach at San Ambrogio in Corsica. A photographer named Frederic Creceaux, who was also on vacation there, noticed me and suggested to a friend from the Madison Models Agency in Paris, who was there with him, that they talk to my father about doing a test with me." Laetitia says, "I thought, 'Are they honest or are they weird?' Of course, he was suspicious, but when he found out they were for real, he took me to see them in Paris three weeks later so we could do some test photos. I was a bit nervous, but I guess it turned out okay. The rest, as they say, is history!"
RÉSUMÉ: Models for Givenchy, Victoria's Secret, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Pantene, L'Oreal, Yves Saint Laurent and Guess.
Laetitia her own calendar and is a Sports Illustrated model. She has appeared on all of the major magazine covers. She recently released her own photo book simply entitled Laetitia Casta.
Stars in the French film called The Blue Bicycle.
HOME: She has apartments in New York City, London and Paris.
KNOWN FOR: Her often scantily-clad, curvacious figure.
OTHER: She had her own credit card at age 15. She doesn't smoke, drink or go out late so that she stays in shape and looks good for castings.
FRANCE'S NATIONAL SYMBOL: Laetitia was chosen by 16,000 mayors of France to be the new "Marianne", France's national symbol of virtue and beauty.
Bare-breasted busts (statues) of Laetitia now appear in town halls across France. Laetitia's official public response after receiving the honor: "Chouette quoi [Like, neat!]" She then proceeded to move from Paris to London to avoid slightly higher taxes (she doesn't seem to understand why France is upset.)
Images of Laetitia Casta are copyright © left to right: L'Oreal, Vogue magazine, Victoria's Secret