Sunday, August 16, 2009

ANTM’s Yaya Dacosta Joins Ugly Betty

Yaya Dacosta will join the cast of Ugly Betty. The America’s Next Top Model cycle three runner up will take over the role of Nico, Wilhelmina’s (Vanessa Williams) daughter.

The character, originated by Jowharah Jones, will resurface in the Oct. 9 season premiere and gets caught up in one of the show’s new mysteries.

Dacosta’s previous acting credits include All My Children and Take the Lead, starring Antonio Banderas.

Yaya was known for being an arrogant know-it-all on ANTM but she was always one of my favorites. Actually, season three is the only season of Top Model that I remember. That was where we were also introduced to Tocarra and Eva, some of the most dynamic beauties to have appeared on the show but I digress.

I’m glad Yaya is still working and proving that there can be life after reality TV. I never got into Ugly Betty—not because I didn’t want to but because I always forgot to catch it—but I’m curious about Yaya’s role. She’s a decent actress so this may lead her to bigger and more prominent roles, making her the first ANTM alum to have crafted a serious acting career. I’m getting a little ahead of myself—wishful thinking. (Told you I liked Yaya). In any event, I wish her luck. I just hope she’s humbled herself a bit.

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