Biography of Letizia Casta
Laetitia Marie Laure Casta is a successful French supermodel who has appeared on the cover of over a hundred popular magazines including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, Glamour. Actress
She started her career at the age of 15. In 1993, the young debutante appeared in an advertisement for the American denim brand Guess, captivating the public with her innocent beauty. Later, the girl became a Victoria’s Secret “angel”, was a representative of the L’Oreal Paris cosmetics company, a model for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, Lolita Lempitsky, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton fashion houses , Chanel, Nina Ricci, J. Crew.
Model Letizia Casta
Casta also achieved success as an actress, playing Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg. Hooligan Love”, Princess Salome in “Persons”, a charming aristocrat in “The Blue Bicycle”, based on the bestseller by Regina Deforge, and appearing on the stage of the Theater Antoine in the production of “Ondine” by Jean Giraudoux, according to the sad legend about the love of a knight for a beautiful mermaid .
In 2000, she was honored to act as another model for the creation of a sculptural image of Marianne, an allegorical symbol of the French Republic.
The future top model was born in the French city of Pont-Audem, which is called the Venice of Normandy due to the large number of canals. Her parents are simple people who always worked hard, but never complained about their fate. Mom was a local resident, and her father was Corsican, so the childhood of the girl, her older brother and younger sister took place both in Normandy (a region in northern France) and in Corsica.
Letizia Casta as a child
Subsequently, in an interview, Letizia called this island, where she has a house in Lumio with a beautiful view of Calvi Bay, her “decompression chamber”. Being there, she always experiences calmness, peace and happiness.
Letizia Casta in school years
Relatives tried to raise children with strong personalities, which is probably why, having later succeeded in the modeling business, Casta continued to work and progress professionally. Discovering new facets of her talent, she became a film and theater actress. In her opinion, in order to preserve beauty from the outside, a person must develop and nourish her birth from the inside, otherwise the most beautiful face will be perceived as a mask.
Young Letizia Casta with her parents
During a family vacation in her father’s homeland, she, a 15-year-old teenager, unexpectedly won the Miss Lumio contest, which she entered without preparation, in sneakers and fishing clothes. The next day, her parents were offered a contract for their daughter’s participation in a photo shoot. Since this all started.
The first studio photos, according to Letizia, shocked her. She barely recognized herself, because she had no idea how much the angle, light and professionalism of the photographer could transform her face so that the overall picture was really strong.
Young Letizia Casta
The further success of the girl in the modeling business was stunning and swift. At the initial stage of work, her father accompanied her everywhere and patiently waited for the end of filming to take her daughter home. The girl was invited by the most famous couturiers, fashion houses and glossy magazines.
One of the first photo shoots of Letizia
Subsequently, Casta became a muse and friend of Yves Saint Laurent. Her photos adorned the catalogs of Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Victoria’s Secret. From 1997 to 2000, the young model participated in the annual fashion show Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, having received the status of “angel” of this brand since 1998.
Laetitia Casta at the Yves Saint Laurent show
That same year, Casta appeared three times in the popular weekly sports magazine Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in the United States (in the so-called “swimsuit issue”). The universal recognition of the model was also evidenced by the presence of her images in the Pirelli photo calendar, on which only the world’s best actresses, models and photographers traditionally work.
Laetitia Casta’s beauty secret is simple: she almost never wears makeup.
In 1999 it was photographed for this calendar by the American photographer Herb Ritz, in 2000 by Annie Leibovitz. Casta was also the face of Chanel Allure, Baby Doll, Cacharel Promise, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy Forbidden Flower and others.
Letizia Casta’s height is 169 cm
In spring 2010, the fashion model opened the fall/winter 2010 fashion show in the capital of France, in autumn in Milan she closed the demonstration of the Roberto Cavalli collection.
On Christmas Eve 2011, she starred in Tiffany & Co’s True Love romance campaign. The promotional video was filmed by Peter Lindbergh in Manhattan between the marble lions guarding the entrance to the New York Public Library.
Letizia Casta got a boyish haircut in early 2015
In 2012, in the Italian commune of Erice in Sicily, Letizia participated in an advertising campaign for a new Dolce & Gabbana perfume called Pour Femme by photographer Mario Testino. Casta was also one of the stars of a spectacular Paris Fashion Week opening show designed by Spanish graphic designer and photographer Jean-Paul Goude at Galeries Lafayette department store.
In 2012, Casta was a member of the jury at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and also became a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters.
Letizia’s debut on the big screen was the role in Claude Zidi’s comedy Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar. She embodied the image of Falbala, to whom Obelix, the hero of Gerard Depardieu, showed a love interest. The actress also played superbly in the dramatic film adaptation of the novel by Jean Giono directed by Raul Ruiz “Strong Souls”.
Laetitia Casta in the movie Asterix and Obelix
The actress received her first nomination for the French Academy Award “Cesar” for the role of Brigitte Bardot in the film about the legendary poet Serge Gainsbourg “Gainsbourg. Hooligan love.
Laetitia Casta in Gainsbourg. Bully’s Love”
Casta starred in the music videos of Rihanna for the song “Te Amo”, French singer Alize (Alizee) for the song “Gourmandis”, American rock musician Chris Isaac “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and others.
Among her theatrical works, in addition to “Ondine”, the game as Anna in the performance of the Madeleine Theater “She is waiting for you” (“She is waiting for you”) is known.
In 2001, she was number 1 in AskMen’s Top 50 Beautiful Women. At the 2008 Cabourg Romantic Film Festival, Casta won the Best Actress category for her role in Born in ’68.
Shot from the film “Born in ’68”
In 2014, she actively starred with Nicholas Castro in the film Singing Days, with Giovanni Veronesi in the film Girlfriends, with Audrey Dan in the film Pretty Women in Paris. Casta also starred in the France 2 mini-series Arletty.
In early 2015, the actress could be seen in an erotic commercial for the Nina Ricci L’Extase fragrance. In September, as part of New York Fashion Week, she walked in the Givenchy SS’16 spring-fall collection.
Personal life of Letizia Casta
Letizia did not marry for a long time. The model considered herself a romantic and always wanted to be free, noting that being in a cage was not for her. In the life of a celebrity there were both suffering and happy moments. And among all the gifts that fate gave her, the most valuable actress called, of course, children. She has three of them.
Letizia Casta with children on vacation
The first serious relationship in the life of the model was an affair with French photographer Stefano Sednui. They started dating in 2000, at the age of 23 she gave birth to a daughter, Satin. Two years later, the couple broke up due to the constant betrayals of Sednui.
Laetitia Casta’s eldest daughter, Satine
In 2003, Letizia met the Italian actor Stefano Accorsi in Naples. In September 2006, their first son, Orlando, was born, and three years later, the model gave birth to a daughter, Athena. But the matter did not come to the formalization of relations.
5 years (from 2006 to 2011) she was credited with a relationship with American actor Robert Adamson. Then the model and actress began an affair with assistant director Lorenzo Distant, whom they met on the set of the film Girlfriends.
Laetitia Casta and Louis Garrel
And in the spring of 2015, there were reports in the press that Letizia began dating actor Louis Garrel (“The Dreamers”, “Saint Laurent. Style is me”). The model is 5 years older than her chosen one. In 2017, Letizia and Louis secretly got married. The wedding was played in Corsica – this is not only the second homeland of Letizia, but also the place where her chosen one was born.
Letizia Casta with her husband
Letitia Casta now
Laetitia Casta acts in films a lot, being faithful to French cinema. For example, in 2018, she starred in the critically acclaimed biopic The Ideal Palace of Ferdinand Cheval. This is a story based on a true story about a rural postman who built a beautiful stone palace all by himself.
Laetitia Casta in the film Ferdinand Cheval’s Ideal Palace
In 2019, two series with her participation were released: the mystical drama The Island and the melodrama Through the Horizon.
Letitia Casta in the TV series The Island (2019)
Despite her age, Letizia did not finish her modeling career. On the contrary, projects with her participation have become more original. For example, in July 2023, she, along with Naomi Campbell, starred in the photo project “Empathy” from Valentino. According to the concept, the models were photographed not in the studio, but at home. Letizia, like the rest of the participants, donated the entire fee for filming to the fund for helping victims of the coronavirus.
Letizia Casta in a new project from Valentino