Model Laetitia Casta gets up to monkey business as she's snapped by a chimp in bad taste photo-shoot
16:47 GMT, 18 September 2012
She's previously been shot by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Testino, but French model and actress Laetitia Casta posed for a rather unconventional photographer in her latest shoot.
The 34-year-old beauty was snapped by a trained chimpanzee during a shoot at the Pont Alexandre III in Paris.
Laetitia, who starred in pop star Rihanna's video for hit single Te Amo, was ever the professional and even helped the chimp hold his camera, but the bizarre shoot was considered to be in bad taste by many onlookers.
Unconventional: French star Laetitia Casta, takes part in a fashion photo-shoot with a trained chimpanzee
Getting the right angle: The actress was ever the professional and even helped the chimp hold his camera
Her interactions with the camera-happy chimp were all being captured by a human photographer for an upcoming fashion spread.
However the sight of the animal, who had been dressed in black shorts and a nappy for the occasion, posing on the steps with a thin rope tied around his neck, made uncomfortable viewing.
Laetitia is no stranger to the camera and has appeared on more than 100 magazine covers, but the mother-of-three is most known for her campaigns as a longstanding spokesmodel of L'Oral.
She is also the new face of Dolce & Gabbana fragrances and can be seen cavorting with a topless male in the advert for the brand's Pour Femme and Pour Homme scents.
Laetitia recently spoke about her close relationship with designer Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, admitting that she still misses him.
'Yves Saint Laurent was the first person who made me feel like a woman,' she told Harper's Bazaar magazine. 'We were both so shy and sensitive.
Monkey business: Laetitia holds onto the chimp as he takes her picture
Snap happy: Laetitia inspects the camera shots
'We held on to each other. We were like two people in the water that stopped each other from drowning.
'I miss him very much, because you don't have many people like that in your life. One, if you are lucky.'
And it seems Laetitia is used to being surrounded by animals while she's being photographed, the star revealed that she were more worried about keeping Lagerfeld's pet cat Choupette safe when they did a shoot together for V Magazine.
'So we are shooting on this balcony in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and I was so f*****g scared that Choupette would step back and fall off and that Karl would hate me forever because I killed his cat,' she says.
'The cat was like, “maaaiooowarrgh” and I was like, “gasp”. I did everything with that cat. We even shot on the bed.
'The whole thing was about Choupette. And she has two nannies … It was a weird job, when I think about it.'
Bizarre shoot: The action was all being captured by a human photographer
Striking a pose: Laetitia tucks into an ice-cream during the shoot at the Pont Alexandre III in Paris