Camille Kostek

03/04/2018 – Camille Kostek – 2018 Golden Soiree Oscar Celebration – Arrivals – Warwick LA Nightclub – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Glenn Francis /

Birth Name: Camille Veronica Kostek

Place of Birth: Killingworth, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 19, 1992

*father – Polish
*mother – Irish, African-Panamanian/Jamaican, possibly other

Camille Kostek is an American model, entertainment host and reporter, and actress. She has hosted game show Wipeout, on-field, and Dancing with Myself. She was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s 2019 edition, and appeared in the film Free Guy.

She is the daughter of Christina, a gym manager, and Alan, a contractor. A picture of Camille with her mother can be seen here.

Camille’s paternal grandmother was Mary Jane Marcinowski (the son of Charles R. Marcinowski and Mary V. Rutkowski). Charles was the son of Sebastian J. “Seth” Marcinowski, who was Polish, and of Mary E. Gnatek, whose parents were Polish. Camille’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Anton Rutkowski and Alexandra, who were Polish.

Camille’s maternal grandfather was Victor Alberto Decosta/DaCosta, Jr. (the son of Victor Alberto DaCosta, Sr. and Esther/Essie Louise Shaw). Camille’s grandfather Victor was born in New York, and lived on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He and his parents’ race was listed as “Negro” on U.S. Censuses. His family was from Jamaica, and subsequently moved through the Caribbean. Camille’s great-grandfather Victor was born in Panama, and was the son of Eustace Braganza DaCosta and Dorothea Helen Kirkpatrick. Camille’s great-grandmother Esther was evidently from Costa Rica, and was possibly the daughter of William Shaw and Catherine Gow. The surname DeCosta in the Caribbean often comes from Sephardi Jewish/Portuguese Jewish settlement.

Camille’s maternal grandmother was named Mary Robinson.


Camille’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles R. Marcinowski, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Charles R. Marcinowski on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Camille’s paternal great-grandfather, Charles R. Marcinowski –

Camille’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary V. Rutkowski, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Camille’s maternal grandfather, Victor Alberto Decosta/DaCosta, Jr. –

Obituary of Camille’s maternal grandfather, Victor Alberto Decosta/DaCosta, Jr. –

23 Responses

  1. madman says:


    If so, her maternal grandmother was Mary Robinson (the son of Kenneth Robinson and Evelyn Jane Vanson). Evelyn was the daughter of William Vanson, whose father was English and whose mother was Irish, and of Mary Brennan, whose parents were Irish.

  2. andrew says:

    I think Sephardi Jewish should definitely be added to the profile

  3. andrew says:

    possibly other -> Sephardi Jewish

  4. Oaken05 says:

    Where is the “hispanic” coming from? Surely not from Victor A. Decosta being born in the Virgin Islands. Hell, her claim to Jamaican ancestry could more easily be deduced from that than finding some weird way to work “hispanic” into it.

    • madman says:

      I was thinking about commenting that Hispanic might’ve been the wrong word to use since her grandfather might no have been a Spanish-speaker. I used it because Decosta appears to often be a Portuguese or Spanish surname (and I didn’t know the ethnicity of her grandfather), but it seems to also be Italian in some cases.

      Victor Decosta wasn’t definitely from the Virgin Islands, though. He clearly lived and worked there for a period, but we don’t know his birth place. He could just as easily be a Jamaican who moved there.

      Maybe instead of “and was possibly from St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands” it should say “and had lived in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands”.

      • Oaken05 says:

        I’d say more than that “hispanic” probably should be removed, and in its palce something “possibly Virgin Islander” or something. Because, really, unless we can nail down him being born on an island where Spanish is the major language, even him having come straight from Spain or Portugal to St. Thomas wouldn’t make him “hispanic.”

      • bablah says:

        Victor Alberto DeCosta/DaCosta, born 1926 in New York, to Victor DaCosta and Esther/Essie Shaw, according to an tree.

        Victor DaCosta was born in Panama to Eustace Braganza DaCosta and Dorothea Helen Kirkpatrick.

        According to one tree Esther was born in Jamaica to William Shaw and Catherine Gow, and accord8ng to another, in Costa Rica.

        I’m on my phone now, so I’ll check it out later on my computer.

        • bablah says:

          Victor on 1930 census:

          Negro according to both 1930 and 1940 census.

          Picture of his father is attached to the family tree on familysearch

          Camille’s maternal grandfather was Victor Alberto Decosta/DaCosta, Jr (the son of Victor Alberto DaCosta, Sr and Esther/Essie Louise Shaw). Camille’s grandfather Victore was born in New York. Her great-grandfather Victor was born in Panama to Eustace Braganza DaCosta and Dorothea Helen Kirkpatrick.

          I think both Victor and Esther were children of Jamaicans. DaCosta is a Portuguese name common in Jamaica because of Portuguese Jews, not a Hispanic name.

          • Oaken05 says:

            Thanks for figuring this all out. So it sounds like her grandfather’s father was a Panamanian of very likely recent Portuguese (Jewish)-African-Irish origin, and her grandfather’s mother was either a Jamaican or Costa Rican of some British Isles origin, but maybe also African? What is her race listed as?

            So it does sound like neither is what anyone today would consider “hispanic,” though I’m not exactly sure how we’d phrase it maybe beyond “Panamanian” and “Jamaican (or Costan Rican).” We have to nail down exactly where Esther/Essie was born, though.

          • bablah says:

            According to census, she was from Costa Rica, but I think they’re all of Jamaican origin. I can’t find any documents pertaining to them before moving to US right now, but I’ll keep trying.

          • madman says:

            Thank you. It seems like another one of those Jamaican families who moved to Central American countries, like Jeremy Renner’s and Kaya Jones’ ancestors. I also believe that her grandfather was of Jamaican origin from all sides (with some Sephardi Jewish further back). That seems to be the case when you find black people with British surnames in Central America.

          • andrew says:

            Also this one:

            “black people with British surnames in Central America”: who are you referring to?

            The difference between Jeremy Renner and Camille Kostek is that the mother of the former is white as snow, while the latter is not:

          • madman says:

            I just gave you two names. Both of them have black ancestors with Anglo-Saxon names who were born in Central America.

            I doesn’t matter if you think that you looking at Jeremy’s mother more accurately determines her ethnicity than genealogies and censuses, he still has black ancestry.

          • andrew says:

            I would be cautious to associate “British” with “Anglo-Saxon”. Kirkpatrick and Gow are not Anglo-Saxon at all. Shaw and Robinson have multiple origins. Loads of British surnames have Norman and/or Gaelic roots, not Anglo-Saxon.

            From Victor Alberto DaCosta, Sr’s pic provided by Bablah, we can tell he was a Caucasian man (Sephardi Jewish father, Irish/British mother)

          • bablah says:

            Oy, Andrew, you need to get your eyes checked. you keep saying European people look non-European, and mixed looking people look European. Her grandfather did not look white to me (he also didn’t look completly black either). He looked like your regular mixed Carribean person. Like Rihanna’s father.

          • andrew says:

            > you keep saying European people look non-European

            I think you’re referring to a pseudo-albino looking person I dont remember the name atm you said he/she looked white/European, while me and another user disagreed (very pale complexion but obvious not European facial features).

            The man’s pic you found it’s her great-grandfather. The pic is blurry but he does not look like “a regular mixed Carribean person”. (whatever that means). Look at that unibrow.

          • bablah says:


            You and callmecharlie said Dora Madison looks mixed even though her entire family looks lilly white, and she just has curly hair. And it was madman that disagreed, I just happen to agree with madman.

            On another note, you posted on Tahmoh Penikett’s page that he’s a Native wannabe, when his grandmother looks like the most Native person that ever natived.

          • callmecharlie says:

            @bablah – Just because he family looks completely white doesn’t mean she does. I thought she looks mixed because she looks like many mixed people I know (many of whom are related to me). It’s not just the hair; it’s also her coloring and her eye shape. Plus, her family does indeed look multi-racial.

          • andrew says:


            Dora Madison…it’s so obvious she is mixed-race.

            About Penikett, that was long time ago where loads of celebs use to claim Native American ancestry.

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