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Date of Birth:
May 11, 1978
Place of Birth:
Pont-Audemer, France
Marital Status:

Laetitia Casta has both literally and figuratively broken the waif mold that the supermodel kingdom has been dominated by for decades. Born May 11, 1978 in Pont-Audemer, France, she has brought curves back to the forefront of top fashion magazines, although she hasn't done so without controversy. 
Her name means 'joy' in Latin, and she led a very joyous life in Normandy, where she lived with her family in the country. Before that though, she lived in Corsica where her father Dominique hailed from. Laetitia is very shy and has admitted on several occasions to be intimidated by men, which perhaps may boggle some men's minds. She did however become much less shy when her mother Line brought her sister Marie-Ange into the world, which inspired Laetitia to become a role model for her younger sister. Her childhood also encountered early 'development' of her chest, which at first caused her to feel awkward about her appearance, but a few years later she realized just how desired she was, and it was then she was discovered by a photographer from Madison Models. In 1993, Laetitia signed on with Guess? Jeans and from there, Victoria's Secret in 1996. Her popularity continued and she landed spots in the 1997, 1998, and 1999 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She's appeared in nearly 100 covers of major fashion magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Glamour and her momentum continues. The 2000 Victoria's Secret campaign shows her spotlighted in her own commercial. She also has been in several commercials for L'Oreal, many which she is joined by Simon Rex.

Laetitia is not only everywhere in print, but is establishing herself as a credible actor as well, having been in Asterix which starred Gerard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni and Christian Clavier, in the most costly French film ever made. She also is filming a French television movie The Blue Bicycle. She attempted to land the coveted role of a Mexican woman kidnapped by bandits in Texas Rangers, but lost out to Leonor Varela. It's perhaps appropriate with Laetitia's curves that she is being approached with Hispanic roles, and may be a way for her to break into American film. She did land the role of Chris Isaak's love interest in his video Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.

One area you won't see Laetitia much is in gossip columns, as much as we tried, very little inside scoop is out for Laetitia, though perhaps there is in her native country. She is said to be dating  famed humanitarian Faiz Ahmad, although in a recent run-in with a crazy French cab driver who went ballistic when hearing the constant ringing of Laetitia's cellphone, was with boyfriend photographer/director Stephane Sednaoui. Though Laetitia hasn't done explicit nude work, she has been naked in what we'd call 'artistic' shoots, and she evokes passion as to whether or not she is 'beautiful' in the truest sense. When she was chosen as France's new "Marianne", several wondered if she was worthy of the nod which included predecessors such as Brigitte Bardot and model Ines De La Fressange. Going to her official site, one even finds her most passionate supporters belittle the beauty's teeth, which Laetitia herself admits many of her handlers wanted to have 'fixed', but her realness is perhaps her greatest appeal, and she defends her curves and imperfections for the same reasons, a worthy bit of self confidence by the 'shy' woman that many of her American peers in the entertainment industry should take example with.

February 11, 2007 - Laetitia Casta attended the 'Charlotte's Web' ('Le Petit Monde de Charlotte') Paris Premiere on February 4th at Gaumont Marignan Theater in Paris, France. Check out pictures from WireImage.

October 12, 2006 - DGMag reports Laetitia Casta gave birth to her second child, a boy named Orlando. Casta, engaged to Stefano Accorsi, already has a daughter, named Sahteene, from a previous relationship.

May 12, 2005 - Letitia Casta attended the 58th International Cannes Film Festival opening night gala at the Palais on May 11th in Cannes, France. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

July 19, 2004 - Laetitia Casta was on hand for the shooting of an advertisement for L'Oreal produced by French director Patrice Leconte, outside the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris-France on Thursday (July 15). Check out pictures from Abaca.

May 17, 2004 - Laetitia Casta attended the 57th Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony and screening of opening film 'La Mala Educacion' and after party at the Grand Theatre Lumiere on Wednesday (May 12) in Cannes, France. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

February 23, 2004 - Laetitia Casta arrived in Barcelona to film the new advertisement by the famous department store 'El Corte Inglés' on Thursday (February 19) . The top model will be the image of the Spring and Summer 2004 clothing collection. The filming lasted three days, that's why she traveled to Barcelona with her boyfriend, the Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. ShotNews has since removed the pictures.

January 26, 2004 - Stefano Accorsi and Laetitia Casta were photographed on the set of 'Dovunque Sei' on Thursday (January 22) in Rome, Italy. Check out pictures from RexFeatures and WireImage.

January 22, 2004 - French model and actress Laetitia Casta and actor Adriano Giannini attended the Italian photocall for the film 'Luisa Sanfelice' at the Italian TV Station RAI on Tuesday (January 20) in Rome. The film is based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Check out pictures from WireImage.

January 22, 2004 - Laetitia Casta was on hand for the 'Luisa Sanfelice' movie premiere on Tuesday (January 20) at Auditorium Theatre in Rome, Italy. Check out pictures from WireImage.

November 22, 2003 - Laetitia Casta attended The 1st Annual Marie Claire Fashion Awards was held Tuesday (November 18) at the Residence of the French Ambassador in Madrid in Madrid, Spain. Check out pictures from GettyImagesWireImage.

November 22, 2003 - Laetitia Casta was on hand at a press conference to announce the 1st Edition of Marie Claire Magazine Fashion Awards on Tuesday (November 18) at Villa Magna Hotel in Madrid, Spain. Check out pictures from  WireImage.

May 19, 2003 - Laetitia Casta was on hand for the 2003 Cannes Film Festival The Matrix Reloaded Premiere on Thursday (May 15) at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. Check out pictures from WireImage.

May 17, 2003 - The New York Post reports Laetitia Casta is burning up the French Riviera with a steamy new romance. Casta has split from older photographer beau Stephane Sednaoui, the father of her 2-year-old daughter, Sahteene, and taken up with hunky Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. Read more.

May 17, 2003 - Maxim magazine announced their 'Hot 100' for 2003 list, where Laetitia Casta was listed at #69. Christina Aguilera topped the list. Check out the entire list here.

March 12, 2003 - Laetitia Casta was photographed on the set of the film 'Luisa San Felice' in Rome, Italy on Monday (March 10). Check out pictures here.

August 7, 2002 - LFI has photos of Laetitia walking her baby in Soho on Saturday (August 3). Check them out here.

July 28, 2002 - Yahoo has photos of Laetitia Casta displays an outfit by Roberto Cavalli's collection during Rome's Spanish Steps fashion gala July 17, 2002. Check them out here.

July 14, 2002 - The New York Post reports after Laetitia Casta signed on with Gisele Bundchen's agent Anne Nelson at IMG, sources say Bundchen is less than thrilled with the fact that she has to share. She regards Nelson as her personal representative, and isn't keen on Casta cramping her style. Read more.

July 2, 2002 - Laetitia Casta's new agent Anne Nelson says the model may not return to the runway. "Runway? I don’t know. But editorial, definitely yes," she says. Read more.

July 1, 2002 - The New York Post reports six months after Laetitia Casta's mother agency sued her for $2.5 million, the Yves St. Laurent muse has signed with industry powerhouse IMG. Her agent at IMG says the new mother is actually thinner now than before the time she had become pregnant. Read more.

May 17, 2002 - Getty Images has a photo of Laetitia Casta arriving for the opening ceremony at the 55th International Film Festival May 15, 2002 in Cannes, France. Check it out here.

May 16, 2002 - Laetitia Casta was at the Cannes 2002 opening night for the 'Hollywood Ending' premiere on Wednesday. Check out photos here.

February 14, 2002 - Sectors of the French community are protesting a print advertising campaign that depicts a happy supermodel Laetitia Casta with a black eye. Check out the ad and more on the story here.

November 10, 2001 - Vogue.com reports Laetitia Casta's latest ad campaign depicting her in a giant bowl of caviar brandishing an oversized spoon has her in hot water with environmental activists. Read more.

October 31, 2001 - Vogue reports Laetitia's old modeling agency, Madison Models, is targetting her father moreso than Laetitia.  Edward Pesche, director of Madison Models in New York said, "He handles her finances through his company Fintage Talent, which is based in the Netherlands, and still owes us for commissions from shoots for Victoria's Secret. We tried to deal with this in a nicer way, through phone calls, but it comes to a point where you have to take legal action."

October 29, 2001 - The New York Post reports Laetitia Casta and her father Dominique are being sued for $2.5 million for commissions they claim they were owed for jobs Casta did for Victoria's Secret. The suit claims the Casta's "manipulated the finances of his daughter and engaged in an orchestrated scheme to defraud creditors,"

October 23, 2001 - Laetitia Casta has given birth to a baby girl, her press agent said yesterday. The baby was born in Paris last Thursday night and was given the name Sahteene by Laetitia and her partner - photographer and video director Stephane Sednaoui.

September 30, 2001 - The New York Post reports Laetitia Casta has moved again, this time from England to the United States, where she'll see another drop in tax rate. Casta insists she's headed to America to persue an acting career. Casta also plans on marrying her photographer boyfriend, who got her pregnant, in Louisiana.

September 29, 2001 - Laetitia Casta is featured on bthere.tv dancing on a table and singing in Paris, and in another clip at a modeling shoot out on the country. Check out the clip here [click models].

September 2, 2001 - US Weekly reports Laetitia Casta was spotted walking out with a pink and gold dress she'd just bought at Tocca in New York.

August 23, 2001 - The New York Post reports Laetitia Casta is being sued by  her agency, Madison Models, for breach of contract after giving them the boot. This in addition to her problems in France for not paying taxes is no doubt putting a strain on her pregnancy.

August 5, 2001 - The New York Post reports a pregnant Laetitia Casta was spotted at the Wet Seal store in Soho buying loose-fitting summer tops and sweaters, plus a size-5 Lycra-enhanced denim catsuit.

July 15, 2001 - Laetitia Casta is featured here in an autographed photo auction on ebay. The photo, item 1446214388, is unbid at $29.95 and the auction ends July 21st.

June 17, 2001 - A pair of magazine's featuring Laetitia on the cover are up for bids on ebay. The first is Citizen K, item 1246520039, which is unbid at $9.99 and the auction ends June 19th. The other, item 1246518326, is unbid at $5.99 and the auction ends June 19th also.

June 9, 2001 - The New York Daily News reports Laetitia Casta has bailed from a Town & Country magazine party at Sotheby's on Wednesday. She was scheduled to wear diamond.com's $4million pink diamond necklace but was worried how she'd look being 4 months pregnant.

June 2, 2001 - In an abstracts.net poll asking if you think Laetitia is making the right choice to retire from modeling to pursue a film career, 50.4% said no while 49.6% said yes, with 789 total votes.

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