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"Top Model" Chick Yaya Dacosta Does Esquire Mag

 
Smart and pretty chick Yaya Dacosta is covering the pages of the new issue of Esquire magazine.  She's been doing movies and modeling work since her stint on "America's Next Top Model."  And now, she has a summer swimsuit feature in the men's mag.  And she looks fab.
 
Check out the pics when you read on...


 

Esquire wrote:
"Yaya DaCosta was the "smart one" and runner-up on season three of America's Next Top Model, so when she visits schools to speak about global environmentalism, it's hard for some to forget.
 
"Most of the questions will be thought provoking, whether it's about responsible consumerism or global warming or Haiti," DaCosta says. "Then someone will ask, 'Is Tyra Banks nice?'"
 
DaCosta holds degrees in international relations and Africana studies from Brown University, is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and since Top Model ended, has landed roles in movies like The Messenger, Take the Lead, and the upcoming The Kids Are All Right. During college, she hadn't planned on modeling or acting at all: "The thing at the top of my list was going to Geneva for an intensive in interpreting." She would've been a great asset to foreign diplomacy, but we're glad she chose otherwise. —Mark Mikin
 
Loves her.
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She looks GREAT. its so

She looks GREAT. its so funny to see how people get so bent out of shape about black women's hair... i know her hair salon in Washington Heights.. domincans! they say she & her sister have ALWAYS had natural hair and when they don't want a 'fro they go there to get it blow dried and rolled straight. its a shame so many black girls grow up not knowing their texture and have their hair relaxed so young.. if they did'nt they would see how easy it is to be straight one day and always kinky at the roots. versatility is class. so great to see her doing her thing -- oh, and even black girls' hair GROWS BACK! love the cut! can't wait to see how cuite the cut is when she kinks it up! TEAM Yaya!
noemi's picture

YaYa is hands down my

YaYa is hands down my favorite ANTM ... when she lived in Harlem post-ANTM it was nothing to see her walking down lenox or hailing a cab on Adam Clayton Powell blvd.. i LOOOOOVE her.
Anonymous's picture

Good for her. Love to see

Good for her. Love to see intelligent black women do their thing. Beauty is just an asset.
miss. tiandez Jones's picture

She gets consistent work in

She gets consistent work in the modelling industry, not an easy feat for a black woman - that industry has NO love for us. Good for you Yaya!
Honey's picture

Looking good, also check her

Looking good, also check her out in this month's Essence Mag, freaking stunning!
VIOLA35's picture

You go girl!

You go girl!
Lacey's picture

Stunning and not overly

Stunning and not overly airbrushed! Love her
TheQueen's picture

AMAZING.......not her pics

AMAZING.......not her pics but her brain. She is pretty and smart........A++++++.
HOTNESS's picture

Love YaYa!!! She has

Love YaYa!!! She has steadily worked from the day she left the show. She even had a recurring role on Ugly Betty. I did not think she was arrogant on the show, she is smart, nothing wrong with that, IMO.
Yardy's picture

She looks BETTER with Natural

She looks BETTER with Natural KINKY Hair
ME's picture

Who cares!!! My boyfriend

Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at an age gap dating site[ S E E K C O U G A R *c-o-m_]---a nice and free place for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends
Anonymous's picture

Beautiful black

Beautiful black women...........stand UP!!!!!!!!!!!
babygirl1287's picture

she is black, intelligent,

she is black, intelligent, driven and insanely beautiful...it makes me wonder why black men in entertainment feel they have to date video chics (no offense) when there are women like yaya out there...i dont know what yaya does behind closed doors but she doesnt come off like she's into degrading herself...why isnt some big time sexxxy black man parading her around acting like she's the cat's meow? If I was a loaded black man i'd much rather take a chance slipping up with her than with some silicone butt harlot; at least i'd know my child would have a mother who respects herself and cares about education. My opinion.
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Thank you! Couldn't have

Thank you! Couldn't have said it better!
Geminimimi's picture

That's a very good question.

That's a very good question. And it is not restricted to black men. It's all men in general...
lanubian's picture

good for her

good for her
dgirl's picture

Love Yaya!

Love Yaya!
honeychild's picture

I love Yaya! So glad she's

I love Yaya! So glad she's working it out.
PJ's picture

Pretty!

Pretty!
Okisweetpea's picture

Her hair still looks natural

Her hair still looks natural to me, just flat ironed. I hjope she didn't cut her hair. Either way she looks fab.
de's picture

she cut it...her blow out

she cut it...her blow out would have been longer if not...but she still has pretty natural hair
missnikkit's picture

good for her, at least some

good for her, at least some one out of ANTM is doing well, where is Eva? Oh and is Tyra Banks nice? She can't be nowhere near as mean as naomi campbel
lambdahling's picture

Awww, I miss her on All My

Awww, I miss her on All My Children. I so want Cassandra to come back.
PearCakes's picture

Gorgeous! But no more natural

Gorgeous! But no more natural hair?! Or is it just flat ironed?
E.Jay's picture

That last pic looks like fake

That last pic looks like fake hair IMO. She could be just wearing a wig. If not, I would think she just flat ironed it since she never seemed to have a problem w/ her natural hair and rocked it pretty proudly. But eh, who knows? she could have gotten a relaxer. I just wouldn't be quick to think that a natural girl seen w/ straight hair just HAD to get a relaxer. There are plenty of ways to get straight hair w/o chemicals
Anonymous's picture

that's what i was wondering

that's what i was wondering too, i love the natural hair but i'm biased i've been natural for five years now. i am sad to see that she cut it also but it looks cute on her.
My Two Cents's picture

always rooting for the dark

always rooting for the dark skinned sisters! dark skinned is always in! she is beautiful!
BlackBerry's picture

I've always loved YaYa. I was

I've always loved YaYa. I was so pissed when she didn't win ANTM, but I'm glad to see she's still doing big things...and looking good.
Living Fly on a Dime's picture

she is pretty

she is pretty
DOO BETTER's picture

Alright Ya Ya...I was a

Alright Ya Ya...I was a bigfan of hers on top model, and wanted her to win.
NothingButTheTruth's picture

Shes annoys me..She ugly and

Shes annoys me..She ugly and Im glad she didnt win..
Anonymous's picture

ugly??? where the hell is

ugly??? where the hell is your magazine photo spread?? lets be real...love is real...hatred is ugly...
missnikkit's picture

love her! Intelligent and

love her! Intelligent and beautiful... what a great combo.
thisizkim's picture

She is the epitome of Young

She is the epitome of Young Black and Fabulous, love you Yaya
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I miss the natural hair on

I miss the natural hair on her. I have seen her in catalogues and movies so she seems to be doing well for herself. Good for her! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- earn cash back on your normal online purchases http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=KjxpNp3H5bTuHPVpmwNM0w%3D%3D
lanubian's picture

She's a cute chick...but

She's a cute chick...but those pics are very boring IMO. I couldn't stand YaYa on ANTM, she was always hating so hard on Eva.
rated_X_33's picture

she's awesome!

she's awesome!
Anonymous's picture

Those pictures are corny but

Those pictures are corny but she looks great! Always wondered what happened to her
miss infamous's picture

YES! She is truly Young,

YES! She is truly Young, Black, AND FABULOUS! This is what me and even younger generations (hey, even the older generations) need to see promoted on black internet sites - black and intelligent women who are gainfully employed by doing something other than gold (or platinum) digging.
Anonymous's picture

OMG I LOVE HER! I used to

OMG I LOVE HER! I used to love that natural hair she was rocking back then. Looks like she now joined the relaxed crew..nothing wrong with that.
BEING FIRST IS DUMB's picture

its called a "blow

its called a "blow out"...hair washed then blow dryed straight then rolled up in big rollers for flow then flat ironed all while using a big round brush that straightens...visit a dominican hairdresser or paul mitchell...we dont always have to relax
missnikkit's picture

She's great- knew she would

She's great- knew she would be doing bigger and better things post Top Model and such a good example of not hiding your intelligence. Far too often women are encouraged to be seen and not heard or to dumb themselves down. Big ups to the smart and beautiful women of the world :)
J Li's picture

Very nice to see Yaya, she

Very nice to see Yaya, she looks great!
BlackVesper's picture

I'm glad that Yaya got the

I'm glad that Yaya got the gig but could she have done a good job? She's giving me "catalog" right now.
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yay for the yaya sisterhood!

yay for the yaya sisterhood!
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nice to see a woman with both

nice to see a woman with both looks and smarts.
PopTart's picture

she's a lot more humble than

she's a lot more humble than ANTM portrayed her. glad to see she's still pursuing modeling/acting.
la fresca's picture

You go girl! Beauty and

You go girl! Beauty and Brains!! Lethal combination! GO CELTICS!! Wax Kobe's Ass!!! LOL!
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She's was always my favorite

She's was always my favorite - I knew she would keep going higher in this world. Wassup Eva???
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