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Meet YaYa DaCosta - Whitney Houston Lifetime Movie's Leading Lady!

Meet YaYa DaCosta - Whitney Houston Lifetime Movie's Leading Lady!

YaYa DaCosta is getting noticed for her portrayal of Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic Whitney, which airs tonight!

The 32-year-old actress first burst onto the scene as a model contestant of Tyra Banks‘ hit show America’s Top Model in cycle 3, where she placed second.

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After the show, YaYa started honing in on her acting skills and starred in movies Take the Lead, The Messenger, The Kids Are All Right, Tron: Legacy, and The Butler.

Last year, Angela Bassett took a chance and cast her in Whitney.

“I know a lot of people say, ‘I’m Whitney Houston‘s biggest fan’ but I just loved her; I thought about playing her casually years ago. It’s amazing this opportunity came about. I basically didn’t sleep [in preparation], I just did my research. I spent hours and hours on YouTube watching old performances and interviews. I also watched videos of her family members, the people that raised her, her preacher in church, things that would inform who we saw, and also who we didn’t see,” YaYa recently shared to VH1.

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  • Dionnnn

    “Tyra Banks‘ hit show America’s Got Talent in cycle 3′

    America’s Got Talent, really?

  • Jenny from the flop

    We already met her on antm cycle 3 honey

  • Jenny from the flop

    Don’t forget that JustJared is ch*ng it’s not his fault that he can’t read 💅

  • guido brown

    Why are there movies praising people, about their greatness when all she was , A JUNKIE. Now that is a hell of role model!

  • Lisa

    She was more than a junkie. Her voice could break glass at her prime and she holds a lot of musical records. And the fact that she died young and could not kick the habit makes for interesting storylines.

  • marvin3O

    America’s Got Talent?!? or America’s NEXT TOP MODEL?

  • DeeDee00

    She was much more than the drugs should used. She was a fantastic singer & good actress. Sadly, the drug abuse & how she died is all anyone wants to remember her by.

  • Ally

    Ok, she was one of the TOP Voices of the past 30 years!!! Her voice was MAGIC and she was known all over the planet.. ( Houston’s first release, Whitney Houston, is the best-selling album by a female and a new artist in the 1980s – Wiki..)

  • niagirl

    Twitter is going to be hilarious tonight.

  • guido brown

    YEAH, and then!

  • guido brown

    No she wasn’t, nothing but a two bit junkie! I have an idea, let us have a movie tribute to a random junkie. Is that better.

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  • Trish Smith

    “Whitney Houston
    has been honored with several awards and accolades recognizing her
    worldwide success through the music and movie industries. With total
    career awards of 600, she is one of the most awarded female artist of
    all time.”

    Wow, she’s accomplished a lot for being a two bit junkie. U can’t just be selective about a portion of somebody’s entire life & disregard all their other accomplishments. Since U choose 2, that makes U an @$$ H O L E

  • guido brown

    You can have thousands of “Atta Boys” One “Aw Sh*t” wipes the slate CLEAN!!!!

  • j k

    lol they corrected it but still got it wrong

  • DeeDee00

    Come on….Elvis Presely was a heavy drug user & died after using the toilet. Philip Seymour Hoffman also a heavy drug user died in his underwear in his bathroom. So it was not just Whitney. Sadly all these people were unable to kick their habits. But, let’s not take away they had very good careers.