Laetitia Casta

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Laetitia Casta
Laetitia Casta Cannes 2016.jpg
Casta in 2016
Laetitia Marie Laure Casta

(1978-05-11) 11 May 1978 (age 43)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1993–present
(m. 2017)
Modeling information
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]

Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (French: [lɛtisja kasta]; born 11 May 1978)[3] is a French supermodel and actress.

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'Oréal. She has appeared on over 100 covers of such popular magazines as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle and Glamour, and has walked runways for designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Paco Rabanne, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, Roberto Cavalli, Lolita Lempicka, Jacquemus and Vivienne Westwood.

Casta became an actress, appearing in the films Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010), in which she portrayed sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, Face (2009) and The Blue Bicycle (2000), as well as the play Ondine at the theatre Antoine.

Early life[edit]

Laetitia Casta was born in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France. Her mother, Line Blin, is from Normandy. Her father, Dominique Casta, is from Corsica. Casta has an older brother, Jean-Baptiste, and a younger sister, Marie-Ange. She spent her childhood in Normandy and Corsica.[4]


Casta's modeling career reportedly began when she was discovered by the photographer Frederic Cresseaux,[5] during a family holiday in her father's native Corsica, at age 15.[6] After her unexpected registration by Jeeby, Casta was elected Miss Lumio 93.[7]

Casta has been the L'Oréal Paris brand ambassador since 1998.[8] She has been featured in Pantene, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Cacharel, Lolita Lempicka, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Nina Ricci, Swarovski, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Jacquemus, J. Crew, Tiffany & Co., Loewe, Bvlgari, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Miu Miu, Pepe Jeans, Escada, Alberta Ferretti and XOXO ad campaigns. Casta has appeared on more than 100 magazine covers including Harper's Bazaar,[9] Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, i-D, Rolling Stone and Vogue (Paris, España, Germany, Russia and Turkey). She walked down the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. She was one of the company's signature Victoria' Secret Angels from 1998 to 2000. She claims that her career with Victoria's Secret ended because she was "too much of [a] rebel".[10] She also appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue three consecutive times, as well at the Pirelli Calendar 1999 by Herb Ritts, 2000 by Annie Leibovitz and 2019 by Albert Watson.

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.[11]

Casta became the focus of a controversy[12] when, after being selected to be Marianne, newspapers in Britain and France[13] 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.[14] The French minister of the interior spoke about Casta on the radio;[15][16] comparing the advantages of living in France with regard to the drawbacks of London[17] after political opponents used Casta's relocation to London as an opportunity to criticise the government.[18][19]

She is the face of fragrances Chanel's Allure, Givenchy's Forbidden flower, Lolita Lempicka's Lolita, Cacharel's Promise, Bulgari's BLV II, Ralph Lauren's Notorious, Yves Saint Laurent's Baby doll and Paris, Nina Ricci's L'Extase and D&G's Pour Femme.[20] The Parisians could follow her Adventures in the Galeries Lafayette by Jean-Paul Goude.[21] 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.[22] On 10 March 2010, in Paris, she opened the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show.[23] On 27 September 2010, she closed the Roberto Cavalli SS 2011 fashion show in Milan.[24] On 18 january 2020, in Paris, she opened Jacquemus Fall/Winter 2020 fashion show.

Her first role was as Falbala in Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar directed by Claude Zidi, a live-action adaptation of the comic book Asterix, in which Obelix, portrayed by Gérard Depardieu, plays Casta's love interest.[25] Casta appeared in Les Ames Fortes, a dramatic film directed by Raul Ruiz.[26] Her interpretation of Brigitte Bardot in the movie Gainsbourg (Vie heroique) resulted in her Cesar Award nomination. Casta served as a jury member at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in 2012.[27]

In September 2020 Casta appeared in a new FW20 campagne for Yves Saint Laurent.

She was ranked as an "Industry Icon" by, and is currently ranked as an "New Super".

Political involvement[edit]

On 6 April 2008, Casta demonstrated in a White March of nonviolent protest to ask for the immediate release of Ingrid Betancourt, presidential candidate kidnapped since 2002 by the FARC.[28] On 30 April 2002, she attended the demonstration Vive la République after the first round election of the 2002 presidential election.[29]

She was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 9 December 2016, committed to help the 250 million children living in conflict areas.[30]

Personal life[edit]

On 19 October 2001, Casta gave birth to her daughter Sahteene, whose father is the photographer Stephane Sednaoui. Casta was engaged to Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. The couple has two children: a son named Orlando, born on 21 September 2006, and a daughter named Athena, born on 29 August 2009.[31] In June 2017, Casta married her boyfriend of two years, French actor Louis Garrel.[32] On March 17, 2021, Casta gave birth to her fourth child, a son, Azel.

Laetitia has one quarter Italian ancestry from her father. That, alongside her Corsican ancestry, makes her half Italian.[33][34][35]


Director, screenwriter, producer[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Box office
2016 En Moi Director, Writer, Producer Cannes Critics' Week closing short[36]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1999 Asterix et Obelix contre Cesar

(Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar)
Falbala Claude Zidi
2000 La Bicyclette Bleue [fr]

(The Blue Bicycle)
Lea Delmas Thierry Binisti TV film for France2
Gitano Lucia Junco Manuel Palacios
2001 Les ames fortes

(Savage Souls)
Therese Raoul Ruiz
2002 Rue des plaisirs

(Love Street)
Marion Patrice Leconte Performs on the soundtrack
2003 Errance

Lou Damien Odoul
2004 Luisa Sanfelice Luisa Sanfelice Paolo Taviani

Vittorio Taviani
TV film for France2, RAI Uno
2006 Le grand appartement

(The Big Apartment)
Francesca Cigalone Pascal Thomas
La Deraison du Louvre

(The Irrationality of the Louvre)
The young woman Ange Leccia Short film without dialog shot in the Louvre museum[37] for which Casta was for the first time in cover of Les Cahiers du Cinema.[38][39]

The naiad Ange Leccia Short film
2007 Le Petit Monde de Charlotte

(Charlotte's Web)
Charlotte A. Cavatica Gary Winick Voice in the French-language dub.
2008 Nes en 68

(Born in 68)
Catherine Olivier Ducastel

Jacques Martineau
Cabourg: Golden Swann for Best Actress
La jeune fille et les loups

(The Maiden and the Wolves)
Angele Amblard Gilles Legrand
2009 Visage

(Face) ? (in Chinese)
Salome Tsai Ming-Liang
Fleurs dans le miroir,
lune dans l'eau

(Flowers in the mirror,
moon in the water)
herself, Salome Francois Lunel
2010 Gainsbourg (Vie heroique)

(Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life)
Brigitte Bardot Joann Sfar Nominated for the Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress
Performs Gainsbourg's songs on the soundtrack
2011 La nouvelle guerre des boutons

(The War of the Buttons)
Simone Christophe Barratier
Derriere les murs

(Behind the Walls)
Suzanne Julien Lacombe

Pascal Sid
Островът (Ostrovat)

(The Island)
Sophie Kamen Kalev First film with English dialogue
Rio Perla (Jewel) Carlos Saldanha
2012 Arbitrage Julie Cote Nicholas Jarecki First American film
Do Not Disturb Anna Yvan Attal
2013 Une histoire d'amour[27]

The young woman Helene Fillieres
2014 Rio 2 Perla (Jewel) Carlos Saldanha First sequel
A Woman as a Friend Claudia Giovanni Veronesi
Des lendemains qui chantent Noemie Archambault Nicolas Castro
Sous les jupes des filles Agathe Audrey Dana
2018 A Faithful Man Marianne Louis Garrel
2019 Le Milieu de l'horizon Nicole Delphine Lehericey
2021 The Crusade Marianne Louis Garrel

Music videos[edit]

Year Singer Song Director
2010 Rihanna Te Amo Anthony Mandler
1999 Chris Isaak Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing Herb Ritts
1998 I Muvrini

Terre d'Oru(in English, Corsican, and Greek) Stefano Salvati

DVD and Blu-ray[edit]

Year Title Distribution Language Region Notes
2007 Laetitia Casta StudioCanal French 2 with Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dominique Issermann, Sylvie Lancrenon, Jamel Debbouze, Omar Sy & Fred Testot, Frederic Lopez, Jean-Paul Goude, Jacques Weber, Claude Zidi


Year Play Role Playwright Stage director Theatre City Review
2017 Scenes from a Marriage Marianne Ingmar Bergman Safy Nebbou Théâtre de l'Œuvre Paris 9th L'Express[40]
2008 Elle t'attend

(She is waiting for you)
Anna[41] Florian Zeller Florian Zeller Théâtre de la Madeleine Paris 8th Madame Figaro[42]

Ondine Ondine[41] Jean Giraudoux Jacques Weber Tour in regions

Théâtre Antoine-Simone Berriau

Paris 10th

Humanitarian action[edit]

Year Association Comment
2010 Porteurs d'Eau[permanent dead link] (in French) Water-carrier is an initiative of France Libertes - Danielle-Mitterrand foundation (in French)
2006 Rose Marie Claire[permanent dead link] (in French) Casta among Claire Chazal, Isabelle Adjani, Axelle Red, Monica Bellucci and Tina Kieffer with the Rose Marie Claire (in French) are shot by Jeff Manzetti for the association Toutes a l'ecole (in French)
2005 Action Innocence She belongs to the Committee of support of Action Innocence[45] to protect the children from the dangers of the Internet.
2004 Action Contre la Faim Casta drew a winged blue heart on a plate for the bidding of 19 November 2004 to help Action against Hunger
2002 Occi, paese rinascitu (in Corsican) In the headquarters of the association Occi recovered village at the Caffe di a Mossa of Lumio in Corsica, Casta helped to reconstruct the old chapel of Annunziata in the abandoned village of Occi.[46]
Watch the Occi video on YouTube by official

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award By Result
2021 Excellence Award Davide Campari 74th Locarno Film Festival Won[47]
2012 Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres[permanent dead link](in French)
(Knight in Order of Arts and of Letters)
France Minister of Culture and of Communication Honored
2011 Nominated for the Cesar Award of the Best Supporting Actress
as Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg (Vie heroique)
Cesar Awards Nominated
2008 Golden Swann of the Best Actress
as Catherine in Born in 68
Cabourg Film Festival (in French) Won
2001 Ranked No. 1 Top 50 Most Beautiful Women[48]
1999 Marianne for the 21st century[11] 82nd congress of AMF, the French Mayors Association Won


  • Casta, Laetitia (24 November 1999). Assouline (ed.). Laetitia Casta (in French). ISBN 978-2-84323-179-7.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Laetitia Casta". DNA Models.
  2. ^ "Laetitia Casta - Model".
  3. ^ FMD profile. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  4. ^ Laetitia Casta, Assouline 1999, p. 12.
  5. ^ Laetitia Casta's biography Archived 28 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine by Vogue Paris.
  6. ^ Laetitia Casta, Assouline 1999, p. 15.
  7. ^ Laetitia Casta Official: Miss Lumio 93 Archived 19 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine (in French).
  8. ^ L'Oréal Paris Archived 5 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Laetitia Casta's biography.
  9. ^ Harper's Bazaar uk Cover October 2012 by Sebastian Faena Hairstyle by Nicolas Jurnjack "Laetitia Casta",
  10. ^ Laetitia Casta: The supermodel who rebelled against Victoria Secret Archived 30 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ a b "The Marianne". Consulate General of France in New York. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  12. ^ La fugue Casta, affaire d'Etat (in French), Le Soir, 4 April 2000.
  13. ^ "Quand Marianne s'exile a Londres" Archived 22 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine (in French), Le Point, 31 March 2000.
  14. ^ Marianne: impots ou intox a la Une (in French), Libération, 6 April 2000.
  15. ^ "Au revoir, les taxes" Archived 2 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Salon, 17 April 2000.
  16. ^ "Zut Alors! A National Treasure Flirts With Heresy", The New York Times, 9 April 2000.
  17. ^ "France galled by model move", BBC News, 3 April 2000.
  18. ^ "Symbol of France prefers London", The New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2000, also in Die Welt (in German) on 10 April 2000 quoting the Daily Mail′s title Marianne Unfaithful.
  19. ^ "The disloyalty of Marianne", The Economist, 6 April 2000.
  20. ^ Laetitia Casta: "Dolce & Gabbana's latest fragrance muse" Archived 18 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Swide, 15 June 2012.
  21. ^ Jean-Paul Goude Archived 6 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine official: Work > Advertising > Photography.
  22. ^ Laetitia Casta's campaigns Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Alla Rosa Production.
  23. ^ Mower, Sarah (10 March 2010). Style, Louis Vuitton, Fall 2010, Paris.
  24. ^ Style, Roberto Cavalli Spring Summer 2011 RTW, Milan, 27 September 2010.
  25. ^ Elley, Derek (31 January 1999). "Asterix & Obelix Vs. Caesar", Variety.
  26. ^ Laetitia Casta cuts teeth on Serious Film International Herald Tribune, 29 May 2001.
  27. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  28. ^ "White March for Ingrid Betancourt"[permanent dead link] (in French), INA, 6 April 2008.
  29. ^ Demonstration Vive la Republique Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in French), France 3 TV news 19|20 by INA, 30 April 2002.
  30. ^ Morris, Christopher (8 December 2016). "Laetitia Casta, nouvelle ambassadrice UNICEF : 'Protégeons les enfants de la guerre !'" [Laetitia Casta, new UNICEF ambassador: "Let us protect the children of war!"] (in French). UNICEF. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  31. ^ Sei mamma? Ti licenziano Archived 17 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian) (You are mother? You are fired), Style, 28 April 2009.
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ "«Avevo una bisnonna che si chiamava Zelinda, il marito faceva il ciabattino...» Laetitia, top con sangue toscano Origini pistoiesi per la Casta, stella di Sanremo - Il Tirreno". Archivio - Il Tirreno (in Italian). Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  34. ^ "Laetitia Casta a Maresca per il nonno". La Nazione (in Italian). Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  35. ^ "SANREMO: LA CASTA PROMOSSA DAI PARENTI ITALIANI". Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  36. ^ Richford, Rhonda (18 April 2016). "Cannes: Critics' Week Unveils Lineup, Including Closing Film From Chloe Sevigny". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  37. ^ Danesi, Fabien. Review about The Folly of the Louvre, Films by The Louvre.
  38. ^ Frodon, Jean Michel (April 2006). "The Dream of Light". Les Cahiers du Cinema Archived 18 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine, issue 611.
  39. ^ Frederic Sanchez: English > Press > Les Cahiers du Cinema, April 2006.
  40. ^ Laetitia Casta: "La célébrité a parfois du bon, c'est un véhicule" (in French), L'Express, 2 February 2017.
  41. ^ a b Laetitia Casta Officiel: Theatre Archived 20 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine (in French).
  42. ^ Laetitia Casta: "Quand on est tendre, on est soi" (in French), Madame Figaro, 23 August 2008.
  43. ^ "Laetitia Casta begeisterte als Wassernixe Archived 9 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine in Ludwigshafen" (in German), Hamburger Morgenpost, 30 November 2005.
  44. ^ Jean-Pierre Leonardini, "Devine qui vient ondiner"(in French), L'Humanité, 27 September 2004.
  45. ^ L'Oréal about the associations Archived 10 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine of Action Innocence and of Sebastien Proyart.
  46. ^ L'oeil de la Balagne Archived 8 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in French), L'Express, 20 June 2007.
  47. ^ "Excellence Award to Laetitia Casta: "If you choose a film with your heart, you can't go wrong"". Italy 24 News. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  48. ^ " - Laetitia Casta former Number 1". Retrieved 1 August 2011.

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