Yaya DaCosta in The Butler
EXCLUSIVE: Yaya DaCosta On 'The Butler' & Maintaining Those Gorgeous Locks
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 08/24/2013 - 12:00

Yaya DaCosta Alafia has come a long way since competing for the winning spot as America's Next Top Model in 2004.

The part Brazilian beauty, who is expecting her first child with husband Joshua Alafia this year, is playing Carol Hammie in the No. 1 box office hit, The Butler.

Alafia's character, Carol, is a student activist who becomes heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement and eventually joins the Black Panthers -- a challenging role the 30-year-old executed perfectly.


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Mariah Carey at the premiere of The Butler
Mariah Carey Recalls Being Spit On For The Color Of Her Skin
By Fox News Latino | 08/07/2013 - 17:02

Mariah Carey had to look no further than her own experiences with racism to get into character for her latest film role.

In “Lee Daniels' The Butler," Carey plays a woman whose rapist kills her husband right in front of her son's eyes.

The son, Cecil Gaines, was modeled after real-life butler Eugene Allen, who served numerous presidents over his 34-year career in the White House.


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