First Look: Yaya DaCosta As Whitney Houston In Lifetime Biopic

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Camille Augustin / July 10, 2014

Yaya DaCosta has the Internet doing a double take after the former America’s Next Top Model contestant transformed into the iconic diva for a first look at Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic.

The Angela Bassett-directed film casts DaCosta playing the lead while Arlen Escarpeta takes on the role of Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown.

Here, DaCosta rocks kinky curls and red lips just like Whitney on the cover of her self-titled sophomore album that dropped in 1987. “I just looked at the picture and did the same pose!” the 31-year-old told Entertainment Weekly.

As with most biopics this year, the Lifetime film has come with its own controversy. Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, slammed Bassett after the director said she “didn’t think” about casting Bobbi in the film.

The TV movie is set for release in 2015.

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