Yaya DaCosta (born Camara DaCosta Johnson; November 15, 1982) is an American actress and fashion model. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model. Following her marriage to Joshua Bee Alafia in June 26, 2012 she has taken to using the name Yaya Alafia.
Of African American, Brazilian, and Nigerian descent, DaCosta was born on November 15, 1982 in Harlem, New York. In addition to English, she can speak Portuguese, French, Spanish, and conversational Japanese. She majored in Africana Studies and International Relations at Brown University.
On June 26, 2012, DaCosta married independent movie producer and director Joshua Bee Alafia. Following her marriage, she began publicly going by Yaya Alafia. She gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Sankara, in September 2013.
After finishing second on Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model, DaCosta went on to have a successful career. DaCosta only appeared once in the bottom two during the competition. 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. 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" onBroadway. "The First Breeze of Summer" was presented from 2008–2009 by the historic Negro Ensemble Company.
In 2010 DaCosta had supporting roles in the films The Kids Are All Right and Tron: Legacy. During the same year she appeared in American Vogue,[volume & issue needed] L'Officiel[volume & issue needed] and on the cover of W[volume & issue needed].
In 2013 she also appeared as Carol in the film The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
|2006||Take the Lead||LaRhette|
|2008||Racing for Time||Vanessa||Lifetime Television Movie|
|2009||The Messenger||Monica Washington|
|2010||The Kids Are All Right||Tanya||Premiered at 2010 Sundance Film Festival|
|2011||Whole Lotta Sole||Sophie||Shown at Tribeca Film Festival 2012, Spotlight series (world premiere) |
|2013||Mother of George||Sade|
|2013||The Butler||Carol Hammie|
|2008||All My Children||Cassandra Foster||Recurring; 44 episodes|
|2009||Ugly Betty||Nico Slater||Recurring; Season 4; 7 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Audrina||1 episode|
|2010||Mercy||Brooke Sullivan||1 episode|
|2010||Army Wives||Amber||1 episode|
|2011||Body of Proof||Holly Bennett||1 episode|
|2012||Dark Horse||Amy||TV Movie|
|2006||Pullin' Me Back||Chingy|
|2011||Good Man||Raphael Saadiq|
|2006||Teen Choice Award||Movies – Choice Breakout (Female)||Take the Lead||Nominated|
|2008||Black Reel Award||Best Ensemble||Honeydripper||Nominated|
|2010||Gotham Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2010||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2010||Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2011||Black Reel Award||Best Breakthrough Performance||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2011||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|
|2011||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Ensemble||The Kids are All Right||Nominated|