Yaya DaCosta Johnson Interview with BlackVoices.com (Oct 08)

April 13, 2010

In October of 2008, BlackVoices.com posted an interview with Cycle 3’s Yaya DaCosta Johnson with regards to how her life has changed since America’s Next Top Model. Here’s the text from the article (written by Bridget Bland):

It’s been four years since Yaya DaCosta gained a reputation as being a high-maintenance and overly confident aspiring model on the third cycle of Tyra Banks’ hit reality show ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ And although she made it all the way to the finals — losing the coveted title to Eva Pigford, the Harlem-bred beauty still has good reason to hold her head up high and smile.

While many of the ‘Top Model’ winners have yet to find fame in modeling, acting or otherwise, the 26-year-old thespian has starred in a movie opposite Antonio Banderas (‘Take the Lead’), appeared in commercials for very popular brands (Garnier Fructis and Dr. Scholl’s) and just wrapped a critically-acclaimed run just a stone’s throw from Broadway in ‘The First Breeze of Summer.’

The ‘New York Times — considered the authority on professional theater — has praised DaCosta’s theatrical debut opposite the legendary tour-de-force, Leslie Uggams, with flattering remarks like “sharp” and in “exquisite form” in the Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Leslie Lee’s beloved Negro Ensemble Company work.

Not bad for the beauty who seems to be carving out a niche of becoming one of the most successful contestants in the show’s lengthy history.

“The first time that the world sees you it holds a lot more weight for the public than it does in your own life, and for me [Top Model] is one of many experiences,” DaCosta told BlackVoices.com. “I’m grateful for the show because I learned a bunch of things but it didn’t have much to do [with] what I’m doing right now.”

To learn more about Cycle 3 runner up, Yaya DaCosta, visit her bio page here.

(VIA BlackVoicesNewswire.com)

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