“America’s Next Top Model” cycle three runner-up Yaya DaCosta says the show won’t guarantee you a promising modelling career.
DaCosta’s statements follow similar comments made by “ANTM” Cycle 21 alumna Winnie Harlow. The latter sent social media into a frenzy when revealing the show did not boost her career.
“When Winnie posted that on Instagram about ‘Top Model’ not really helping anyone’s careers in the modelling world, there was an outrage,” DaCosta told People. “A lot of people supported her and understood and a lot of people didn’t understand where she was coming from.”
“And so I’m really interested in truth. I think that reality TV is successful inherently because it’s based in illusion,” she explained. “And that’s fine — there’s something fun about that. But as long as girls who do that know that’s what it is. If you want to be a reality star, fine.”
She then offered some stern advice: “If you want to be a model, get an agent. Do something else. I’ve always wanted to act so I’m just blessed to be where I am.”
That being said, DaCosta is still very grateful for her time working with Tyra Banks on the show. “[My success] started after the show, ’cause that really didn’t do anything for my career… which, it doesn’t do anything for any model’s career, realistically,” she said.
“A photographer from London hit me up—major photographer Nick Knight—and he was like, ‘Hey, I’ve seen your photos online, and I want to do a shoot with you,'” she revealed. “It went viral, and I got campaigns from there, and it hasn’t stopped since.”
After receiving backlash from some on social media, Harlow elaborated on her original remarks.
Cycle 24 of “ANTM” concluded this past April.