Eva Pigford (1984- ), also known as Eva the Diva and, since November 2006, Eva Marcille, is an American model and actress. She won “America’s Next Top Model” in 2004 in season three. She was the first black model to win. She defeated two other strong black models: YaYa Da Costa, who came in second, and Toccara Jones, who came in eighth.
“America’s Next Top Model” is a television show created by supermodel Tyra Banks. Like “American Idol” it is a talent show, but instead of singing, they model. One model is sent home every week until there is just one left, the winner.
Pigford knew she would win from the start. She has model looks and a fighting spirit. She has light brown skin, green eyes, a thin build without much of a figure and strong cheekbones. She looks like a black Sharon Stone. She mostly wears her hair short, so much so that people begin to wonder if she is a lesbian. She does have a tomboy look about her.
As the winner Pigford became a CoverGirl model, appeared in Elle magazine and was signed by the Ford model agency.
She did a good deal of modelling in 2005 and 2006. She appeared in several fashion shows and, in addition to CoverGirl make-up, she has used her beauty to sell Samsung mobile phones, Mark Ecko shoes, Apple Bottoms clothing and so on. She has appeared on the cover of King magazine (June 2005) as well as several other magazines.
In November 2006 she broke with Tyra Banks and Benny Medina, who had been managing her, and changed her name to Eva Marcille. She has turned her attention from modelling to acting.
She has already done some television and film acting, but only small parts so far. The most famous film she has been in was “I Think I Love My Wife”, a remake of “Love in the Afternoon” starring Chris Rock.
She liked playing a bad girl in the film “Crossover”, even though she is nothing like that. She says. “Crossover” is a bad, unwatchable film about basketball.
She was in “The Walk”, a Christian film. Her faith grounds her and allows her to move forward through uncertain times.
She has been in some music videos:
Angie Stone: Baby
She is the Eva in the songs “On and On” by Missy Elliott and “The Naked Truth” by Lil Kim.
She grew up in a rough part of South Los Angeles, the only girl in a family of three boys. They did not have much, but her parents stayed together and brought her up right, unlike too many of her friends.
Although she is not friends with YaYa Da Costa, she is like her in many ways: both were not considered pretty when they were growing up, but both have boundless self-confidence and drive and both have left modelling behind to become actresses.