Yayadacosta_290 It only stands to reason that a fierce woman like “Ugly Betty’s” Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) would have an “America’s Next Top Model” contestant for a daughter.

ABC confirms that Cycle 3 runner-up Yaya DaCosta will be playing Wilhelmina’s headstrong daughter Nico starting with the Friday, Oct. 9 Season Four premiere.

Previously, Nico was played by Jowharah Jones back in 2006 for three episodes.

DaCosta has spent the past year strengthening her acting chops as Cassandra Foster on the soap “All My Children.” She should be primed and ready-to-go for all of “Ugly Betty’s” over-the-top campiness.

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