First Photo of Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston Revealed

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Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta is already getting in character for her iconic role as Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic for the legendary singer.

With big curly hair, a white tank, red lips and a bright smile, DaCosta channeled the pop diva’s 1987 “Whitney” album cover in the first photo released from the film tentatively titled, Whitney.

The 31-year-old model re-created the album cover almost to perfection and did it effortlessly. “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” she told Entertainment Weekly.

If her portrayal of Houston is this effortless throughout the film, DaCosta should do a great job bringing the Grammy-Award winning singer to life on the small screen.

The biopic will be Houston’s Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett’s directorial debut. Shooting has begun and the film is expected to premiere in early 2015.

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(Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly)