Yaya DaCosta may have propelled her career to a new level with her exceptional performance as Whitney Houston in the Lifetime television movie "Whitney". Prior to her performance the actress/model was known as the attractive runner-up from America's Next Top Model competition. She has worked steadily but she had not broken through and become someone whom people thought of when feature acting roles for women, particular women of colour became available but that will likely change after this outstanding performance.
She looked exceptional whether she was in the recording studio as Whitney or on stage and even though the vocals were those of Deborah Cox she made that those watching would think that she was the one singing.
The actress, who was the choice of director Angela Bassett, an actress who has starred in several blockbuster film successes admitted that in interviews that playing the role helped her develop a new confidence in herself. The role forced her to challenged herself to capture that unmistakable confidence that Whitney Houston projected when she walked onto a stage because the 'real' Whitney Houston knew her voice was great which allowed her to control the stage like no one else could.
For Yaya DaCosta playing one of her favourite singers was almost like coming full circle in her life because Whitney Houston was someone who helped her when she was growing up. She and the legendary singer were both slender women and in her community "that was not cute and no boys liked her" (Yahoo News - January 16). However, while she did not fit in she loved how people looked up to Whitney Houston and considered her beautiful and thus that helped her believe she was beautiful as well.
In 2015 no one is going to question if Yaya DaCosta is beautiful after seeing her in the television movie "Whitney" and very likely fans will be following her and filmmakers will be 'reaching out to her' to enquire about future roles because her performance has likely moved her from 'good actress' category to 'actress we need to have in our film' category.