Yaya Dacosta

Yaya DaCosta is a noteworthy model of America, who took to television by starring in numerous distinctive films and series of different channels.

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Personal Life

Yaya DaCosta took birth in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City on 15th of November in the year 1982 by the name Camara DaCosta Johnson. She has been brought up amongst 1 sister and 2 brothers. Her ethnicity belongs to a part Brazilian and a part African with a mix of American ancestry.

She is capable of speaking 5 different languages, which include French, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese along with English. She comes from a well-off family where her parents are both working, her mother being a famous fashion designer, whereas her father giving his services in the medical field.

She completed her high-school degree from Northfield Mount Hermon School, which is an extremely elite school. She then went to college and did her major in the subjects International Relations and Africana Studies and got her degree from the university named Brown University. She used to study with much remarkable personalities like Ann Willis and Adam Scarimbolo.

Her marriage with Joshua Bee Alafia took place on 26th June in the year 2012 but didn’t work out due to alleged rumors of her husband, who is a freelance producer as well as a director, cheating on her and having an affair outside their marriage. Hence, she filed for a divorce with them separating in the year 2015. They have a son together who was born in 2013 and named Sankara Alafia. She is now not rumoured to be in any relationships after her separation with her husband and is focusing on her career and her son.


Yaya DaCosta has always been into acting from her high school years where she got her inspiration to work into films and stage shows by her drama teacher who made her audition into school performances when she was 11 years old. She rose to fame and success after she participated in the America’s Next Top Model and finished the competition on the second position.

After that she became a renowned model and appeared in many commercials of Garnier and Olay. She then finally made her way onto the big screen by playing her first role in the movie “Take The Lead” in the year 2005 which is a dance movie where she earned great recognition worldwide. She had little guest roles in movies like “The Messenger” and “Honeydripper” after which she started doing television roles.

Her first television role was in “All My Children” which is a daily soap that was followed by her ground breaking debut in her first Off-Broadway performance in “The First Breeze Of Summer”, which took place at the Signature Theater for which she was adorned with praises. She won the Vivian Robinson Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre for the strong role she portrayed on the stage. She is currently playing the role of a nurse in the television series “Chicago Med” since 2015. She earns about 300 thousand US dollars in a year and her net worth is estimated to an approximate of 2 million US dollars.

17 Feb, 2018