Yaya Dacosta Net Worth

Yaya Dacosta Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

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 NameYaya DaCosta
Net Worth$1 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 15, 1982
Place Of BirthHarlem, New York City, New York, United States
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
EducationBrown University
SpouseJoshua Bee Alafia (m. 2012)
ChildrenSankara Alafia
NicknamesCamaraYaya DaCosta Johnson , Camara DaCosta Johnson , Yaya Dacosta , Yaya Da Costa Johnson , Yaya Johnson , Yaya Alafia
NominationsCritics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female
MoviesChicago 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 ShowsChicago Med
1My 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.
2We 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.
3I feel at home in a lot of places, but I am truly an African-American.
4I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood.
5Happiness 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.
1Her 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.
2Accepted the role of Cassandra on "All My Children". [April 2008]
3Gave 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.
4Has studied with Ann Willis in New York City for several years alongside such notable actors as Adam Scarimbolo and Devin Ratray.
5Majored in International Relations and African Studies at Brown University
6Graduated from Brown University.
7First runner-up on season 3 of America's Next Top Model (2003).
8Can speak Portuguese, Spanish and French.


Chicago Med2015-2017TV SeriesApril Sexton
Chicago Fire2015-2017TV SeriesApril Sexton
Chicago P.D.2017TV SeriesApril Sexton
The Nice Guys2016Tally
The Simpsons2015TV SeriesPrincess Kemi
Whitney2015TV MovieWhitney Houston
Unforgettable2014TV SeriesMolly
And So It Goes2014Kennedy (as Yaya Alafia)
The Butler2013/ICarol Hammie (as Yaya Alafia)
Big Words2013Annie (as Yaya Alafia)
Mother of George2013Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
House M.D.2011-2012TV SeriesAnita
Dark Horse2012TV MovieAmy
Shanghai Hotel2011Kendra
Stand Off2011Sophie
In Time2011Greta
Body of Proof2011TV SeriesHolly Bennett
Weekends at Bellevue2011TV MovieVanessa
Lost and Found2010/IIShort
Tron2010Siren #3
Army Wives2010TV SeriesSpecialist Amber Stiles
Mercy2010TV SeriesBrooke Sullivan
The Kids Are All Right2010Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesAudrina
Ugly Betty2009TV SeriesNico Slater
The Messenger2009/IMonica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
All My Children2008TV SeriesCassandra Foster
Racing for Time2008TV MovieVanessa
Honeydripper2007China Doll
Take the Lead2006LaRhette
Eve2005TV SeriesMs. Jenkins


Let's Stay Together2011producer


Entertainment Tonight2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Gag Reel2014Video shortHerself (as Yaya Alafia)
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHerself
The Butler: An American Story2013TV Short documentaryHerself (as Yaya Alafia)
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
The Teen Choice Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHerself
2005 MuchMusic Video Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
America's Next Top Model2004TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself

Nominated Awards

2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited SeriesWhitney (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastThe Butler (2013)
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceThe Kids Are All Right (2010)
2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleThe Kids Are All Right (2010)
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingThe Kids Are All Right (2010)
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Kids Are All Right (2010)
2006Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsMovies - Choice Breakout (Female)Take the Lead (2006)

Known for movies

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