Birth Name: Camara DaCosta Johnson
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 15, 1982
Ethnicity: African-Brazilian, African-American, Cherokee Native American, Irish
Yaya DaCosta is an American actress and model. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, and has co-starred in the films Tron: Legacy and The Nice Guys and the series Chicago Med, among other works.
Yaya is the daughter of Orundun (DaCosta) and Carl Awolowo Johnson. She has a sister, Djassi, and two brothers, Mamadou and Djani. Yaya’s family is pictured here. YaYa has a son with her former partner, independent film producer and director Joshua Bee Alafia.
She has stated:
My mom’s dad is Brazilian, and that’s the aspect of my heritage I identify with most because I grew up around my Brazilian cousins, speaking Portuguese and going to capoeira rodas.
She has also said:
Ghanaian, Nigerian, Ethiopian… etc. Being claimed by so many makes me feel wonderfully human! DNA test pending.