Supermodel Laetita Casta was reportedly spotted by a photographer while lying on a beach with her family at age 15. Modelling work led to a contract with Guess? clothing, and with the internet boom of the 1990s underway, Casta became one of the Web's most popular pinup girls. She also appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalog, in Sports Illustrated, and in the usual top-flight fashion magazines. Her popularity was so great in 1999 that she was chosen by a vote of French mayors as the model for new busts of Marianne, the revolutionary symbol of France who appears in sculpted form in French town halls. Laetitia Casta has also more than dabbled in acting, debuting in the 1999 French comedy Astérix et Obélix contre César (Astérix and Obélix vs. Caesar, with Roberto Benigni). She has also starred in features including Les Ames fortes (Savage Souls, 1991, with John Malkovich), Errance (2003), The Maiden and the Wolves (2008) and Gainsbourg (2010).
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