“We’re actually being vulnerable and real, and not relinquishing to the pressure to be coiffed in a way to fit in,” said DaCosta, who was first introduced on America’s Next Top Model more than 15 years ago with her natural hair, at the TV press tour. DaCosta, who plays a haircare entrepreneur, adds: “I became known after that as a natural hair icon. Even though I didn’t really speak about it … people were always in my DMs. There’s been this kind of underground network of natural haircare, and to see the movement blossom, and then to come into 2021 and be offered a part like this, felt like everything was coming full circle.” Fellow Our Kind of People star Joe Morton says Black actors "have come a long way. I remember a time when there were only two kinds of makeup for black people. When I was Negro number one and Negro number two … I would go into a makeup trailer, walk out and then redo my own makeup. When I had hair, I always did my own hair. Because there was nobody in that makeup trailer I could trust.” ALSO: DaCosta on leaving Chicago Med: "There was a window opening and a question mark as to whether I should stay or go."
TOPICS: Yaya DaCosta, FOX, Chicago Med, Our Kind of People, Joe Morton, African Americans and TV, Hair and Makeup