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Yaya Dacosta Net Worth

Yaya DaCosta net worth is

$1 Million

Yaya DaCosta Wiki Biography

Camara DaCosta Johnson was born on 15 November 1982, in Harlem, New York City USA, of Brazilian descent. Yaya is a model and actress, best known for being a runner up in “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 3. She’s also part of the drama series “Chicago Med” as Nurse April Sexton, but all of her endeavors have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Yaya DaCosta? As of late-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $1 million, mostly earned through her career as an actress and model. She’s appeared as a model in numerous advertisements, and has also starred in independent films alongside television shows. As she continues her career it is expected that her net worth will increase.

Yaya Dacosta Net Worth $1 million

Yaya attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, and after matriculating registered at Brown University, studying Africana Studies during her time there. She started gaining popularity when she joined Cycle 3 of “America’s Next Top Model” in 2004, finishing second in the show – only appearing once in the bottom two during the entire competition – and going on to continue her career as a model and actress, increasing her net worth significantly. After her run in the show she would become part of advertisements for Garnier Fructis, Radioshack, Oil of Olay, and Dr.Scholl’s.

In 2005, she started acting, guesting in one episode of the TV show “Eve”, then starring in the dance film “Take the Lead” alongside Antonio Banderas and Rob Brown. In 2007, she was cast in the independent film “Honeydripper” in a supporting role, and would also be part of “The Messenger” which was another independent film. In 2008, she was cast as Cassandra Foster in the soap opera “All My Children”, but stayed in the show for less than four months because she joined the cast of the Broadway production “The First Breeze of Summer,” running from 2008 to 2009 and presented by the Negro Ensemble Company. Her net worth was rising steadily.

Afterwards, Yaya would become part of the fourth season of “Ugly Betty” in 2009, and would then be cast in a supporting role in “The Kids Are All Right”. She was also a part of “Tron: Legacy”, while making appearances on the covers of W and American Vogue magazines. In 2013, she became a part of the film “The Butler” which starred Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, and also portrayed Whitney Houston in a Lifetime television film – a performance which gained her a lot of praise. One of her latest projects is the medical drama “Chicago Med” which she became a part of since 2015. Her continued acting endeavors help her net worth increase at a constant rate.

DaCosta has received numerous nominations throughout her career, with the majority for her performance in “The Kids Are All Right”. She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Take the Lead” and was nominated for a Black Reel Award Best Breakthrough Performance for “The Kids are All Right”.

For her personal life, it is known that Yaya married independent movie director Joshua Bee Alaifa in 2012 and they have a son. However, they have separated and she filed for divorce in November 2015. Aside from this, DaCosta is known to speak four other languages aside from English – Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, and French.

Full Name Yaya DaCosta
Net Worth $1 Million
Date Of Birth November 15, 1982
Place Of Birth Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Profession Actress
Education Brown University
Nationality American
Spouse Joshua Bee Alafia (m. 2012)
Children Sankara Alafia
Nicknames CamaraYaya DaCosta Johnson , Camara DaCosta Johnson , Yaya Dacosta , Yaya Da Costa Johnson , Yaya Johnson , Yaya Alafia
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfficialYayaDaCosta
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yayadacosta/
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1861624/
Nominations Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star – Female
Movies Chicago Med, Whitney, The Nice Guys, The Kids Are All Right, Take the Lead, The Butler, Tron: Legacy, Honeydripper, Racing for Time, Mother of George, The Messenger, And So It Goes, Big Words, Whole Lotta Sole, Bolden!
TV Shows Chicago Med
# Quote
1 My parents were very active in the Civil Rights Movement. My father was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker; my mother was a secretary with the Panthers.
2 We had already planned my wedding when my brother passed away in 2012. When you’re grieving, you don’t necessarily want to think about something like that, but my brother told me that he wanted me to, so we went ahead and did it.
3 I feel at home in a lot of places, but I am truly an African-American.
4 I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood.
5 Happiness is the bomb cosmetic! When I’m smiling, sometimes I’m giving thanks for all the things I have rather than worrying about the things I don’t.
# Fact
1 Her ancestry includes African-American, Brazilian, West African, Cherokee Native American, and Irish. Yaya often mentioned her Brazilian ancestry during her “America’s Next Top Model” (2003) run, along with her Nigerian ancestry.
2 Accepted the role of Cassandra on “All My Children”. [April 2008]
3 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a son Sankara Alafia in September 2013. Child’s father is her estranged husband, Joshua Bee Alafia.
4 Has studied with Ann Willis in New York City for several years alongside such notable actors as Adam Scarimbolo and Devin Ratray.
5 Majored in International Relations and African Studies at Brown University
6 Graduated from Brown University.
7 First runner-up on season 3 of America’s Next Top Model (2003).
8 Can speak Portuguese, Spanish and French.


Title Year Status Character
Bolden! post-production
Chicago Med 2015-2017 TV Series April Sexton
Chicago Fire 2015-2017 TV Series April Sexton
Chicago P.D. 2017 TV Series April Sexton
The Nice Guys 2016 Tally
The Simpsons 2015 TV Series Princess Kemi
Whitney 2015 TV Movie Whitney Houston
Unforgettable 2014 TV Series Molly
And So It Goes 2014 Kennedy (as Yaya Alafia)
The Butler 2013/I Carol Hammie (as Yaya Alafia)
Big Words 2013 Annie (as Yaya Alafia)
Mother of George 2013 Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
House M.D. 2011-2012 TV Series Anita
Dark Horse 2012 TV Movie Amy
Shanghai Hotel 2011 Kendra
Stand Off 2011 Sophie
In Time 2011 Greta
Body of Proof 2011 TV Series Holly Bennett
Weekends at Bellevue 2011 TV Movie Vanessa
Lost and Found 2010/II Short
Tron 2010 Siren #3
Army Wives 2010 TV Series Specialist Amber Stiles
Mercy 2010 TV Series Brooke Sullivan
The Kids Are All Right 2010 Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 TV Series Audrina
Ugly Betty 2009 TV Series Nico Slater
The Messenger 2009/I Monica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
All My Children 2008 TV Series Cassandra Foster
Racing for Time 2008 TV Movie Vanessa
Honeydripper 2007 China Doll
Take the Lead 2006 LaRhette
Eve 2005 TV Series Ms. Jenkins


Title Year Status Character
Let’s Stay Together 2011 producer


Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Gag Reel 2014 Video short Herself (as Yaya Alafia)
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Herself
The Butler: An American Story 2013 TV Short documentary Herself (as Yaya Alafia)
39th NAACP Image Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
The Teen Choice Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
2005 MuchMusic Video Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
America’s Next Top Model 2004 TV Series Herself

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Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series Whitney (2015)
2014 Hollywood Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast The Butler (2013)
2011 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance The Kids Are All Right (2010)
2011 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Kids Are All Right (2010)
2010 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting The Kids Are All Right (2010)
2010 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Kids Are All Right (2010)
2006 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Movies – Choice Breakout (Female) Take the Lead (2006)

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