Camara “Yaya” DaCosta Johnson was a contestant and runner-up on Cycle 3 Of ANTM.
After finishing in second place in America’s Next Top Model, where she is considered one of the most memorable contestants, DaCosta went on to a successful career. Yaya only appeared once in the bottom two during the competition.
She has modeled for Target, Olay, CharmaineLouise, DJA Clothing Company, Venus Clothing, Isaac Mizrahi, Kohl’s, Seven Magazine, Interview Magazine, Essence Magazine, Jewel Magazine, Elle Girl Presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America’s Next Top Model, Marc Bouwer Fall 2005, Seda, Garnier Fructis, Lincoln Townhouse, Radioshack, Dr. Scholl’s, Vibe Magazine, Venus, Terrazine Magazine and Sephora.
DaCosta began acting in 2005 after having a small role in an episode of Eve called Prom Night. Since then she has acted in three major motion pictures: Take the Lead, Honeydripper and The Shanghai Hotel. She also acted in a TV movie called Racing for Time. She was recently cast on All My Children 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” on Broadway. According to Broadwayworld.com, “The First Breeze of Summer” will be presented from 2008-2009 by the historic Negro Ensemble Company.
In addition to modeling, Yaya is also acting and has in appeared in commercials for Radioshack and Garnier Fructis. She recently appeared in the movie Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas. She has also did modeling for Target and appeared in a few rap music videos.
In 2009, she is scheduled to portray Nico Slater on the ABC series Ugly Betty. She is currently signed to Models 1 London and Ford Models.
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