Laetitiaby Laetitia Casta, Chris Heath (Photographer)
She's the hottest French export since Brigitte Bardot. She's graced the runways of Galliano and Gaultier and appeared on hundreds of magazine covers worldwide. And in a world of gaunt, underfed, pale models, she's a bodacious, curvy, voluptuous breath of fresh air. She's/i>
Revealing the infinite variety of the "World's Hottest Woman" (Rolling Stone)
She's the hottest French export since Brigitte Bardot. She's graced the runways of Galliano and Gaultier and appeared on hundreds of magazine covers worldwide. And in a world of gaunt, underfed, pale models, she's a bodacious, curvy, voluptuous breath of fresh air. She's Laetitia Casta. Called "the sexiest model" by Details and "the most beautiful woman in the world" by Paris Match, Laetitia Casta is on her way to becoming the supreme supermodel of the decade.
Featuring the stunning, revealing, and erotic photography of Scavullo, Ritts, Isserman, and Newton, Laetitia is filled with the most sensuous photographs ever taken of this modern-day Aphrodite. Complete with Christopher Heath's accompanying essays on Laetitia's world and her outlook on life, and including previously unpublished photographs and a full-color poster, Laetitia is the sexiest book in bookstores this year.
Already a frequent cover girl, Laetitia is the new face of L'Oreal and a featured model for the Victoria's Secret catalog. She has starred in ads for Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and several Guess campaigns. She makes her screen debut in next year's film Asterix and Obelix, with Gerard Depardieu, and she has appeared in three Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.
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Before describing the book, let me mention that it contains much female nudity of the sort that would earn this material an 'R' rating if it were a motion picture. Ms. Casta's success is without question. She has been featured in many of the top marketing campaigns, appeared in a movie, and graced many magazine covers. Only 22 as I write this review, this book is based totally on material done before she was 21. Her career started at 15. The book contains many family color snapshots from her youth in rural Normandy, as well as vacations in Corsica. She was discovered by model agency talent scouts on a Corsican beach at 15. The book goes on to show highlights of the photographs from her early modeling career, as well as the famous appearances she has made in various advertising campaigns, magazine pictorals (including 3 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues), the movie, and her controversial cover for Rolling Stone in 1998. These sections also include nude layouts that she says that she would not repeat in the future. 'I have never regretted posing nude . . . . I don't like the chaos that is triggered by it.' The images are interspaced with brief essays about her life, what people have to say about her, and her own thoughts. Her appeal is unusual in this age of tall, willowy, wan, and almost anorexic models. She looks like a healthy young woman who eats normal meals and exercises. Physically, she has the torso of Sophia Loren and a classic Italian face. If I were asked to grade this young woman's beauty, I would have no trouble agreeing that she easily deserves five stars. Why, then, did I grade the book at three stars? First, the images chosen heavily favor her sexuality in almost leering poses at the expense of her beautiful face and shoulders. The result is an imbalance in projecting her appeal. This material sometimes borders on being exploitive. Second, many of the best photographs of her (usually pn magazine covers) are reproduced in tiny sizes, while many of the least good images are reproduced in very large sizes. Third, Ms. Casta has not generally enjoyed the quality of photography that she deserves. Although there are good images here, many of the top contemporary photographers have done no or little work with her through the time this book was produced. Here are my favorite photographs in the book: Dominique Issermann for Sports Illustrated, 1999; Dominique Issermann for Victoria's Secret, 1999 (first image in the book); Herb Ritts for Rolling Stone, 1998; Herb Ritts for American Vogue, 1995; Freidmann Hauss for French Elle, 1998; Hans Feurer, 1998 (second image in the book); Lothar Schmid for French Elle, 1997 (second image in the book); and Patrick Demarchelier, 1998 (both). After enjoying this book I suggest you think about how the way you hold yourself in public may influence the way people react to you. How could you use your expressions and gestures to represent the internal you more honestly and effectively? How could you do this the most easily and naturally? According to the text, 'Laetitia' means 'joy' in Latin. May this book bring much joy to you! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
For the price, the images and quality is excellent...Of course, the attractive supermodel helps too!
I have been a collecter of magazines and photos of Laetita for a while and this book puts everything I have or didn't have in a nut shell. As if I had composed a scrap book of my own. I think any true fan would apreciate how the book was put together.
The quality of photographs and the use of color is really good and some of the quotes by Laetitia show another side to the surreal image that she portrays in magazines and other books. This book redefines an appreciation of the female form and the simplistic beauty that Laetitia embodies. Overall, this book is an excellent portrayal of Laetitia not only as a model but as an individual.
I really enjoyed this book.There were some great pictures of her.I also liked to read all the statements made by Laetitia.She sounds like a really smart person.She is not your typical model.I hope she comes out with a nother book in the near future!
This broad (not thick, mind you) tome is attractively packaged but is ultimately disappointing in terms of substance. There are lovely pictures, but anyone who is a fan of Mlle. Casta's, and has a computer, has seen them. As for the words-- there's not much insight provided either by her or those who are quoted, and there's absolutely nothing negative to be said about her. But you probably knew that. You had to figure the book would be self-serving. She remains unique-- compared to other models, at any rate. I guess I paid for all those free pics out there on the net by buying this-- a fine rationale, for some pathetic websurfing idiot who fell in love with the freshness of Laetitia, and her dazzling beauty. Yet the book left me with a rather negative impression. Some of that virtually indefinable charm that has garnered Laetitia so many fans has been eroded. Maybe it's the blatantly commercial aspect of a model (!) having a book published which accomplishes, in terms of actually enriching one's life, about as much as any typically vacuous ad in a fashion magazine. Prior to this book, which repeatedly encourages you to consider Laetitia to be the most real object in a fashion world strewn with meaningless artifice, Mlle. Casta did not seem to have an 'image'. The book, in attempting to present her as being more substantive than the average supermodel, has ironically confined her to being merely unique in comparison to, perhaps, Kate Moss. Or all the other tall, slender, vacant models that once dominated the fashion 'world'[sic]. She is, and will still be, a star, but she would have been more of one, at least to me, if it weren't for this book.