By Archana Ram
July 27, 2010 at 07:45 PM EDT

I recently saw the film The Kids Are All Right, and between marveling at Julianne Moore’s performance and Mark Ruffalo’s chest hair, I couldn’t help but notice the acting skills of another one of the film’s stars, Yaya DaCosta, better known as a Cycle 3 contestant on America’s Next Top Model.

Our Brown-educated girl (how could we forget that tidbit with the number of times she said it on the show?) has come a long way from smizing and losing to Eva Pigford (now Eva Marcille for acting purposes).

Before she landed the role as Ruffalo’s friend with benefits in The Kids Are All Right, DaCosta appeared on Law & Order: SVU and multiple episodes of both All My Children and Ugly Betty. In December, she can be seen seen in Tron: Legacy as one of two Sirens.

Tyra would be proud!

And let’s not forget the other contestants who’ve made a name for themselves in the modeling world: Toccara Jones of Cycle 3 and the aforementioned winner, Pigford, who enjoyed some moderate success with campaigns for DKNY and Samsung. (Cycle 13 winner Nicole Fox was rumored to be the face of the late Alexander McQueen’s campaign but the news was quickly squashed.)

But with the good comes the bad, like Cycle 1’s Adrianne Curry and her trainwreck of a reality show, My Fair Brady, and a Cycle 10 contestant who shall remain nameless — she was totally embarrassed when I said I knew her from Top Model — who has served me ice cream sundaes on multiple occasions at New York’s Big Daddy’s Diner.

I nominate DaCosta as one of the more successful contestants. Who do you think deserves the title?

Photo: Suzanne Tenner

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