What other way to honor the late Whitney Houston than by creating a movie that displays the significance of the legendary life that she lived?
Houston’s essence must be captured in every aspect of this movie all the way down to the actress that takes on the responsibility to play the leading role of the soul sister herself.
Director of the movie and longtime friend of Houston, Angela Bassett could have chosen any seasoned actress to come in and take over Houston’s character, but she decided to choose a fresh face for the world to see.
YaYa Dacosta Alafia has been performing since the age of 11. She continued perfecting her craft through college. Though she has been in a fair amount of popular music videos and commercials, she is best known for her work done as a contestant on cycle three of America’s Next Top Model.
Alafia was the first runner-up on ANTM in 2003, and though she did not win the entire competition, her career made significant progress shortly thereafter. She made appearances in Lee Daniels’: The Butler and Tron: Legacy.
During 2005 through 2007, Alafia was featured in four television commercials and four music videos, including “Gold Digger” for Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. By 2008, she had accepted the role as Cassandra on the popular soap opera All My Children, and in the following year she took a role on The First Breeze of Summer on Broadway.
The role of Whitney Houston is a challenging one to conquer, but Alafia is taking that chance. She will be a refreshing sight to see in such an important film.
I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story is set to premiere on the Lifetime Network sometime in 2015.