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In this month’s Vogue, ten CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists are featured as part of an exquisite spread entitled “Pride of a Nation.” Among them, Suno designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty are given a spotlight along with a beautiful muse, actress/model and America’s Next Top Model alum, Yaya DaCosta.

Yaya, who will appear in the forthcoming films In Time with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried and Whole Lotta Sole, was profiled by Vogue.com. Check out an excerpt below:

As the Harlem-born Yaya DaCosta explains, “The best thing about growing up in a city like New York is that it instills a real sense of understanding when it comes to other people’s cultures. The whole world is here.” 

For the 28-year-old model-turned-actress, who is herself from Brazilian, West African, Native American, and Irish extraction (and, as a result, speaks a jaw-dropping five languages), having a mix of cultures around her growing up only helped to broaden her range.

“I can play someone from almost anywhere, and obviously that’s fun for an actor to explore,” she says. “I did a film at the beginning of the summer where I played an Ethiopian woman, and then I did a film at the end of the summer where I was Nigerian. It’s wonderful.”

Read more from her interview here.

What do you think of Yaya DaCosta for Vogue?

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  • Yaya is so beautiful. Brains and beauty is a hell of a combination.
    I wish there was a close up of the fashion tho.. there are so many prints going on in that picture.