Laetitia has already amassed an estimated £2-million fortune, which has allowed her to give the catwalk in order to care for daughter Sahteene and follow her acting dream
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Brigitte made her name in the 1956 film And God Created Woman and came to embody French beauty. She was the first star to pose as the model for Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, in 1969. Thirty years later Laetitia would follow in her footsteps
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13 AUGUST 2002
Most women might be flattered by comparisons to the young Brigitte Bardot, but French model Laetitia Casta – already something of a cultural icon in her own right – is determined to carve out her own path.

In 1999, Laetitia, whose beauty is often compared to that of the legendary French screen star, was – like Brigitte before her – chosen to pose as the model for Marianne, the symbol of the French Revolution.

But, says the 24-year-old, that is where the similarities end. “There is only one Brigitte Bardot,” she told Britain’s Mail On Sunday You magazine. “I am Laetitia and I do things differently.”

Laetitia has already proved that she is far more than just a pretty face. The model has amassed an estimated £2 million fortune, which has allowed her to give up the catwalk in order to be a full-time mother to her nine-month-old daughter Sahteene and to follow her acting dream. She has appeared in six films to date, including Asterix And Obelix Take On Caesar with Gerard Depardieu and Les Âmes Fortes opposite John Malkovich.

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