Yaya DaCosta: Husband, Sexual Assault, Net Worth, Modeling and Acting

February 04, 2019
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What does it take to be a woman? – The real answer is courage. Many inspiring women in the appears in the news daily, but some women have leaped faith in themselves and stood with the courage to decide on change and those women too, are no less than a hero. Our today’s celebrity is the same as those women, who kept her silence for so long but later decides to break free.

Actress and a model, Yaya DaCosta is stunningly beautiful, but what makes her more perfect is the courage she has recently shown. Let us know what happened in her life? And what we can learn from her?

Yaya DaCosta Bio

It is not a new thing that when someone enters the glamour industry, they put an urge to change their name and they do too. Same has happened to our stunning model, Yaya DaCosta, whose real name is Camara DaCosta Johnson.

Yaya DaCosta was born on November 15, 1982, in Harlem, New York to Carl Awolowo Johnson and Orundun DaCosta Johnson. She grew up playing with her three siblings – two brothers and a sister.

Yaya was born with a mixed descent of African-Brazilian and African-American. Further, she is fluent in several languages: Portuguese, French, Spanish, controversial Japanese and of course English.

Educational Journey of Yaya DaCosta

Looking at her educational background, Yaya DaCosta had quite a journey learning. Her high school was Northfield Mount Hermon School which is an elite school in the town.

Driven by zeal to pursue her career in the glamour industry, Yaya began her acting right from her high school.

Yaya also owns a big thank you to her drama teacher who encouraged her for auditioning for significant television roles as she was already a star in her school with all the excellent performances.

With all the talents and opportunities she had, she would have quickly forged a career in acting, but she chooses not to attend any formal arts or acting school to hone her craft further.

Instead, our New York girl decide to gain a further educational degree and get more enlightened with intellect. Brown University and majored in Africana Studies and International Relations.

Career Kick Of Yaya DaCosta

After gaining a degree from a well-known university, Yaya got forward into modeling as deep down in her heart she was always drawn to it.

Yaya must be destined to become a model as she was subsequently selected to partake in Cycle-3 of America’s Next Top Model. With her beauty and talent, Yaya became a runner-up to actress Eva Marcille.

Even without a winner title, Yaya managed to have a successful career in modeling and appeared in numerous ads of big companies like RadioShack, Garnier Fructis, Sephora, Oil of Olay and others.

A Dive Into Acting Career

Success is so good that everything wants more, and those who stop in small-run aren’t the achievers. Yaya DaCosta too wanted more, wanted to shine and taste victory in other fields than modeling.

She began her acting career with a guest-appearance role in an episode UPN sitcom Eve in 2005. Grabbing more opportunities to shine Yaya then started in 2006 dance film Take the Lead sharing the screen with Rob Brown, Antoni Banderas, and Alfre Woodard.

She kept on appearing with a supporting role in independent films Honeydripper in 2007 and The Messenger in 2009.

Along with the movies, Yaya DaCosta kept on appearing in television too. She was in the ABC soap opera “All My Children as Cassandra Foster,” daughter of Angie Hubbard (by Debbi Morgan).

But Yaya left the show soon to join the cast of The First Breeze of Summer on Broadway. Hearing out the saying of All My Children’s new head writer, Charles Pratt, Jr., Yaya left the show sometime in August 2008, less than four months of joining.

The Broadway show was present by historic Negro Ensemble Company from 2008 to 2009.

DaCosta had a recurring role in popular ABD comedy-drama series Ugly Betty in 2009 as a Nico Slater, daughter of Wilhelmina Slater (played by Vanessa Williams) in the fourth and final season.

Then in 2010 she had supporting roles in comedy-drama film The Kids Are All Right and science fiction action-adventure Tron: Legacy.

Involving in every field as possible Yaya, also appeared in magazines, including on the cover of W in September 2010, in L’Offical in November 2010 and Vogue in January 2011; by photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

Yaya DaCosta has also shared the screen with big names like Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker in 2013 in the historical drama The Butler in an as Carol.

Then in 2013, it was announced in an interview with actress Angela Basset on CNN that Yaya DaCosta would star as a musical icon Whitney Houston in a Lifetime television film about her life in Bassett’s directorial debut.

Upon the release of the film, Yaya’s performance was praiseful.

Yaya DeCousta in Chicago Med as April Sexton
Yaya DaCosta in Chicago Med as April Sexton

Sworn to shine in her career, Yaya DaCosta keeps on appearing movies, and since 2015, she has starred in NBC medical drama Chicago Med in an as April Sexton, an ED nurse.

Yaya DaCosta’s Husband, Joshua Bee Alafia

Yaya DaCosta found the man of her dream in Joshua Bee Alafia, who is an independent film producer and director. Joshua is desirable for his works in movies like Cubamor (2001), The Seed (2010) and Se Safando (2012).

Yaya DeCousta with her ex-husband, Joshua.
Yaya DeCosta and her ex-husband Joshua

The couple felt a zing with each other deciding to tie a knot and shared their vows on June 26, 2012, in Pennsylvania. With everything going smoothly in paradise, the couple decided to add a new member in their family.

Yaya gave birth to a baby boy in September after about one and a half year of sharing vows with her husband. They gave their son a beautiful name Sankara.

But despite everything seemed so reasonable, Yaya filed for divorce form Alafia. What went on their perfect paradise? Well, let us find out.

Was Yaya’s Not Married After All?

Yaya DaCosta’s fans were shocked when the news of her filing divorce hit the media in 2014. But while promoting season two of her hit NBC series Chicago Med in 2016; she said that Joshua wasn’t her husband after all.

On a question of how she’ moving forward after divorce, she said it was hard to dispel rumors as she never talks about her personal life.

She also said,

 “A lot of people say, Oh ignore them, they will go away but no, I never got divorced because I was never married, first of all.

Speaking about her son she said that having a child with someone was an enlightening experience and changed her completely. Further, she mentioned having a child shown her and reminded her of who she is.

However, Yaya’s representative confirmed to Us Weekly in 2014 that they have parted ways and as per the New York Post, she filed paper for a contested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court; but the filing was a season, so the reason behind the split is yet to come up to the world.

Both DaCosta and Alafia have remained silent on the breakup.

Yaya DaCosta Assaulted By Her Husband? Was She A Victim All Along?

After four years of separation; on October 6, 2018, the news on why Yaya filed divorce hit the floor and cause a lot of stir in media. She claimed that Joshua Bee Alafia raped her in her sleep.

Furthermore, she was silent on the reason back then; but she revealed herself as a survivor of sexual assault in an Instagram post by nonother than her ex-husband.

As per DaCosta, they were living in the same house even after separating to enable them to co-parent their son.

She claimed that one night during that period; Joshua sneaked into her bed in middle of the night and has sex with her as she slept. She also releveled that she remained quiet all this while because she thought no one would believe her story.

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What is Yaya DaCosta’s Net Worth?

With her numerous appearance in television shows, films, ads, magazine, and her modeling career, Yaya DaCosta has managed to acquire a considerate amount of fortune.

As of 2019, Yaya DeCoutsa’s net worth ranges form $1 million – $2 million.

Yaya DaCosta on Social Media

Social media is the power of today’s generation and for celebrities; it a most important thing to keep their fans well informed on recent happenings of their life.

Yaya DaCosta is known her way and to give an update to her fans and well-wishers, Yaya is very much active in social media.

From her Instagram, it is clear that Yaya loves flaunting with her gorgeous pictures. She is also active in Twitter where she posts quite frequently.

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Yaya DaCosta Body Measurement

Yaya DaCosta has an amazingly beautiful black wavy curly that suits so well with her dark brown hair. Her skin is tan brown which makes her envy more as it is so perfect in her stunning body figure. Her body measurement is 33-23-34 inches.

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