Yaya DaCosta Strikes Iconic Whitney Houston Pose in First Look at Lifetime Biopic (Photo)

The actress recreated the cover of the singer’s 1987 album “Whitney”

YaYa Dacosta and Whitney Houston strike a pose

The world got a glimpse Thursday of what Yaya DaCosta will look like as Whitney Houston — and the resemblance is uncanny.

The 31-year-old actress, who portrays the late recording artist in an upcoming Lifetime biopic, paid homage to the singer by striking the same pose Houston used on the cover of 1987’s “Whitney.”

The album, which included hit singles like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” went nine times platinum.

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As TheWrap previously reported, DaCosta — who starred in “The Butler” and was once a finalist on “America’s Top Model” — was cast in June to play the late recording artist.

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The Angela Bassett-directed TV movie will air on Lifetime in early 2015

EW was first to premiere the image with a playful quote from DaCosta: “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!”