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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Laetitia Casta

Born and raised in Normandie and Corsica, France, in the middle of an animal-filledforest, Laetitia has a down-home charm that's truly infectious. Her discovery by Paul Marciano, the president and creative director of GUESS, Inc. has brought herinternational exposure and worldwide recognition. At age 15, Laetitia's interest in modeling wassparked when she was discovered by a photographer while laying on a beach with her family. While ona trip to Paris shortly after, Paul Marciano selected her to make her debut with GUESS in anadvertising campaign shot by Neil Kirk in Jamaica in October 1994.

Since then, she has worked for GUESS in many campaigns as the GUESS Girl. Now 20, her latestGUESS campaign, ''Stretch,'' was shot by photographer Dewey Nicks, in beautiful Palm Springs andLaguna Beac, CA. Happy and healthy, she currently lives in Paris with her mother, father, older brotherand younger sister. When her hectic schedule allows, Laetitia enjoys car racing with her friends, traveling, cooking with hermom and spending time with her 7 year old sister. Laetitia also has a brown belt in Judo.

She feels that her experience with Judo has helped her in her modeling career to have control, to setlimits for herself, to not be aggressive and to think with her mind not with her emotions. With a great sense of humor and a good head on her shoulders, Laetitia looks forward to a brightfuture. For now, Laetitia ''would like to continue modeling for as long as she can'', but she is interestedin getting married and having a family someday. She said that acting is also something that she would be interested in doing in the very near future. Confident and self-assured, her motto remains, ''If there's someone knocking at my door, I will open it.''

to be continued ...

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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Anna Kournikova

Times change. It is a naked truism and one of the sacred, original platitudes. So how come, when it comes to dealing with someone like Anna Kournikova, the 21-year-old Russian born-and-bred tennis player and self-styled vamp of the WTA tour, so few people seem to recognize the meaning of the phrase?
Critics -- most noticeably and volubly those in the media -- have had a huge problem with the fact that Kournikova became a woman with a past before she had, in their eyes, established herself as a girl with a future in tennis. While Kournikova still had yet to earn her first WTA tour singles title by the summer of 2002, she already was ranked as the most photographed woman on the planet (summer of 2000) and the Lolita-esque Queen of cyberspace, garnering more hits to more Web sites than any other female athlete. By the time Kournikova was 18, she had endorsement contracts that were worth millions, plugging everything from tennis clothes to bras to luxury watches. And to make matters even more provocative, even before Kournikova reached the age of consent, she was romantically and sensationally linked with NHL star Sergei Fedorov, a fellow Russian.
There also was an ad campaign, featuring a seductive-looking Kournikova in a screaming red dress on a beach, shilling for a dot-com giant. Such visions of Anna have led almost all of the enlightened, politically-and-athletically-correct pundits to scratch their heads and wonder, "Title IX, Ms. Magazine, Billie Jean King -- all for this?"
It seems a bitter blow indeed, but times change. Kournikova is of the post-feminist generation, one more likely to take its cues from MTV, Madonna and Camille Paglia than Ms. She also is of a realistic generation, and in a world in which sex sells -- no matter what anyone has said or done so far -- she has what the market wants. Having grown up relatively poor in a confused and desolate place (post-Soviet Russia), she is more than glad to exploit her natural gifts for personal gain ...
Although Kournikova may still be searching for her first singles title, you know what? A boatload of journeywomen have at least one singles title -- but little else -- to their credit. Slovenia's Tina Pisnik -- career-high singles ranking somewhere in the 50s -- has won a singles title. So the fact that Kournikova has not won a title is less a telling fact than a weird aberration. So deal with it. It's a good idea, kind of like dealing with the notion that times change.

Anna Kournikova Photos

(by Peter Bodo special to

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