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Yaya DaCosta
Birth name Camara Yaya DaCosta Johnson
Date of birth November 15, 1982 (1982-11-15) (age 27)
Place of birth Harlem, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Brown
Measurements 32-23-35 (US)
Dress size 2 (US)
Shoe size 9.5 (US)[1]
Agency Ford Models
The Gersh Agency

Yaya DaCosta (born Camara Yaya DaCosta Johnson on November 15, 1982 in Harlem, New York) is an American actress and fashion model. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model.



Early life

DaCosta was born on November 15, 1982 in Harlem, New York.[2] She comes from a multiethnic background and in addition to English can speak Portugese, Spanish, French, and conversational Japanese.[3] She is of Brazilian, West African, Native American/Cherokee and Irish heritage.[4] She majored in African Studies and International Relations at Brown University.[3]


After finishing second on America's Next Top Model, where she is considered one of the most memorable contestants, DaCosta went on to have a successful career.[5] Dacosta only appeared once in the bottom two during the competition. She is currently signed to Models 1 in London and Ford Models in New York. She has appeared in advertisements for Garnier Fructis, Lincoln Townhouse, Oil of Olay, Radioshack, Seda, Sephora and Dr. Scholl's.

DaCosta began acting in 2005 after having a guest role on an episode of the television show Eve. She then starred opposite Rob Brown, Antonio Banderas and Alfre Woodard in the 2006 dance film Take the Lead. Dacosta had supporting roles in the independent films Honeydripper (2007) and The Messenger (2009).

She appeared on All My Children in 2008 as Cassandra Foster, the daughter of Angie Hubbard.[6] According to an interview with All My Children's new head writer, Charles Pratt, Jr., DaCosta exited the role some time in August 2008, less than four months after joining the show, to join the cast of "The First Breeze of Summer" on Broadway. "The First Breeze of Summer" was presented from 2008-2009 by the historic Negro Ensemble Company.

In 2009 she portrayed Nico Slater, the daughter of Wilhelmina Slater on the 4th season of the ABC series, Ugly Betty.

Dacosta has a supporting role in the film The Kids Are Alright, which stars Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson and Annette Bening. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where distribution rights were purchased. She has a supporting role in the upcoming film Tron Legacy.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Take the Lead LaRhette Domestic Gross: $34,742,066
2007 Honeydripper China Doll Domestic Gross: $267,880
2008 Racing for Time Vanessa Lifetime Television Movie
2009 The Messenger Monica Washington Domestic Gross: $742,460
2010 The Kids Are All Right Tanya Premiered at 2010 Sundance Film Festival
Tron Legacy Siren post-production
unreleased The Shanghai Hotel Kendra
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Eve Ms.Jenkins 1 episode
2008 All My Children Cassandra Foster 44 episodes
2009 Ugly Betty Nico Slater[7] 9 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Audrina 1 episode 2010 Mercy 1 episode

Music videos

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
2006 Teen Choice Award Movies - Choice Breakout (Female) Take the Lead Nominated
2008 Black Reel Award Best Ensemble Honeydripper Nominated


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