There is a Lifetime biopic underway about Whitney Houston and the face for the lead role has been found. Yaya DaCosta, a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model is it. Although the movie has not yet been named, the Lifetime biopic will be released in 2015.
According to sources, Angela Bassett will have the honor of naming the film as well as making her directorial debut on the film. The film will reflect Whitney and her husband Bobby Brown’s very tumultuous relationship during her rise to ultimate stardom.
Camara Yaya DaCosta began her career as a model contestant on the hit television series America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 hosted by Tyra Banks. Yaya, along with Eva Pigford, were the last two contestants on the show. Eva won the title while Yaya received runner- up. This disappointment did not deter Yaya from pursuing her dream.
The actress-turned-model has made appearances on television shows like Ugly Betty, House and All My Children. Yaya recently landed a role on the big screen appearing in Lee Daniels’ The Butler as well.
DaCosta was born November 15, 1982 in New York City. She began pursuing her dreams as an actress at a very young age, and landed her first acting role in a school play when she was only eleven. Yaya’s junior high school drama instructor encouraged the blooming talent to audition for other roles.
The rising star participated in shows throughout her high school and college career. Yaya landed her first feature film role in Take The Lead in 2005. She received the Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition for her excellence in Black Theater. Yaya has been named one of Hollywood’s “It Girls” along with Lynn Hirschberg.
Yaya, now 31, has spent the past decade building a reputable name for herself in the industry. She has modeled for Sephora, Kohl’s, Isaac Mizrahi, Venus Clothing, DJA Clothing Company, Olay, and Charmain Louise. She has graced the pages of magazines like Essence, Seven, Jewel, Interview and Vibe.
She has successfully used her sources to progress in other facades in the industry as well, signing with 1 London and Ford Models. DaCosta has also made appearances in commercials for Garnier Fructis and Radioshack.
Fans have questioned Yaya about whether she would ever return to modeling. She wrote a few short paragraphs to her fans explaining that she was willing to do editorial work every now then to promote film projects, but other than that, it was going to take a very special designer to get her away from her chronic camera shyness. She also relayed to fans that she quit modeling seven years ago to focus on perfecting her craft.
It has been rumored that Meagan Good has sought a role like this one for years. Even Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina has expressed her desire like to fill the role. Internet sources have posted photos of Yaya and Whitney in comparison. The untitled Lifetime Biopic as been announced, and Yaya will play the leading role as the late Whitney Houston.
By Erica Sandifer