WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Laetitia Casta
When I was younger, I always thought that Laetitia Casta was the most beautiful woman in the world. Unlike many supermodels, she is only 5' 6 1/2" and has a fuller figure (though by any stretch is thin). Recently, she has had incredible appearances at Cannes (see the above photo).
Laetitia was born in Pont-Audemar, Normandy, France to a Norman mother and a Corsican father. At the tender age of 15, she was discovered while on holiday in Corsica by the photographer Frederic Cresseaux. Casta then went on to become Mss Lumio in 1993 in Corsica. Since her initial discovery, Casta went on to have an advertising campaign with Guess? and later, modeled for many of the major French fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. She was even an early Victoria Secret Angel.
Her iconic looks were immortalized when she was chosen to be the model for the new Marianne, a symbol of the ideals of the French Republic, similar to other famous French women Ines de la Fressange and Brigitte Bardot. Traditionally, it is supposed to be the most beautiful women of the decade, a testament to Casta's beauty.
More than her modeling, Casta has also been a prominent political figure and humanitarian. She embarked on a UNICEF campaign for children in areas of conflict. Casta also protested in her home country during Presidential elections and has a history of political involvement and using her position to further justice for the underserved populations.
How can someone really compete with being the symbol of the French Republic? Not to mention she is absolutely stunning.