French supermodel and actress Laetitia Casta oozes glamour on the December 1st, 2023 cover of Madame Figaro. The talented Cedric Bihr captures her charm, showcasing her striking figure draped in a Dior poncho.
This exclusive cover story, set against the luxurious backdrop of Paris’ Plaza Athénée Hotel, is a testament to Casta’s enduring appeal. Stylist Barbara Baumel selects clothes by designers such as Rick Owens, Calzedonia, Alaïa, Fendi, Falconeri and Isabel Marant. Her look is perfected by the artistry of Valentin Mordacq’s hairstyling, Cyril Lanoir’s make-up expertise and Elsa Deslandes’ meticulous manicure.
Laetitia Casta shared her journey and insights in an interview, reflecting on her diverse career and personal growth. She has seamlessly transitioned from modeling to acting, challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers along the way.
At 46, Casta is not only a successful actress, but also a mother of four who embodies the essence of a modern, multifaceted woman. Her recent portrayal of Sophia Loren’s character, Antonietta, in the theatrical adaptation of “Une journée particulière” is a testament to her artistic depth. This role, originally played by Loren in Ettore Scola’s iconic film, resonates with Casta on a personal level. She admires Loren not only for her cinematic brilliance, but also for her intelligence and resilience in overcoming societal constraints.
Casta’s journey in the arts began in her youth, growing up in a rural environment where access to cinema and culture was limited. Her passion for cinema ignited later in life and led her to explore and appreciate different art forms, including Italian cinema. This background instilled in her a deep appreciation for nature and the simpler aspects of life.
Her theatrical debut in 2004 with “Ondine” marked a significant milestone, allowing her to test her acting skills beyond the camera. Casta‘s determination to forge her own path in the industry in the face of skepticism mirrors the struggles of her character, Antonietta. She relates deeply to Antonietta’s journey, drawing parallels to her own experiences of challenging societal norms and patriarchal structures.
Casta’s reflections extend beyond her role. She touches on broader societal issues such as women’s rights and the ongoing struggle for equality. She acknowledges the progress that has been made, but also recognizes the persistent challenges women face around the world.