Chanel DaCosta, the face behind the popular LASCO iDrade television commercial is making major moves to cement her stay in the creative industry. The 23 year old, who sings, dances, acts and models, among other things, most recently landed the role of House of Flowers (H.O.F.) Decor’s bride at the Jamaica Bridal Expo held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre late September.
The blushing bride was the centre of attention during H.O.F. Decor’s launch concept staged as a wedding ceremony in a garden styled setting and reception set in H.O.F. Decor’s lavishly decorated 20 x 20 booth space at the prestigious event.
Not yet married, but a true romantic at heart, Chanel had no challenges being in character for the company’s debut.
“It wasn’t difficult. I have been in love before. I think it is something that everyone should experience. It’s definitely an amazing feeling. I think that love is out there, and you can definitely have more than one love in a lifetime… I am old school. I definitely want to get married first, then have my kids after,” shares the beauty.
The Jamaican born Chanel DaCosta is a citizen of the United Kingdom and an all-rounder. In addition to her many ventures, the budding biochemist, project manager and actress has been dancing since age three and has had many modelling exploits.
DaCosta has already worked with esteemed productions including the 2017 Caribbean’s Next Top Model, season four, and the 2017 Crop Over Carnival Campaign in Jamaica dubbed “No Crew Left Behind” through the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). She has also been part of various commercial promotions as well as marketing internships with Jamaica Producers (2015 and 2016); and worked as a performing arts and group counsellor at Edutech Summer Camp along with short administrative stints with ELDAC Consultancy and Scorch Limited.
DaCosta, who has resided in Jamaica for most of her years, is currently wrapping up her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Management Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI); and is also a Sales and Marketing Executive at Jamaica Island Roasters and Co-Director of ChloMo Projects and Events.
Her original interest in pathology has inspired her to pursue a medical degree, commencing in 2018. However, Chanel admits that her passion for genetic engineering and charity work with Angels of Love, a local non-profit which assists critically ill, disadvantaged and underprivileged children with cancer, has inspired her to specialise in paediatric oncology after medical school.
“My work with Angels of Love has inspired me to perhaps go into the specialisation after med school. But really and truly, I won’t know until I start practicing – to see what I like.”
The effervescent scholar also admits that her specialty could also be in sports medicine based on her interests in sports and nutrition.
“Fitness and nutrition and general well being are big parts of my life. I started track from around age seven and I competed in prep champs. I was a sprinter. I did up to 200 metres, relays and medleys. I did football and badminton for a while before I fell in love with rugby and competed on the Trinity College School Varsity team at the CAIS [Canadian Accredited Independent Schools], CISAA [Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario] and OFSSA [Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations] Championships for three years. Going to the gym has been a hobby for the past four years and I’m also into yoga and meditation.”
When asked how she locked in her lead role in the iDrade commercial, the fitness expert stated it could have possibly been due to her participation in the inaugural Guardsman Games in 2016.
“I was on the A Team the first year. It’s a cross-fit, obstacle course with running as well as mental puzzles and team work. Maybe after they saw me compete they thought I’d be able to do what was involved in the ad, which was similar to what I did in Guardsman Games. All the circuits in the ad are real. Believe me, it was real sweat,” shares DaCosta.
Chanel attended Covenant Christian Academy and Preparatory School before passing the local Grade Six Achievement Tests in 2006 to attend the revered Campion College in Kingston. In fourth form, her curiosity about the world and the need to experience new things led to her secure a scholarship to continue her secondary studies at Trinity College School, a coeducational, independent boarding school located in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
“I like to travel and experience different cultures and new languages. They had a lot of sports, arts and academic courses which peaked my interest,” she shares.
While at Campion and Trinity, Chanel participated in numerous clubs and charity based initiatives. However, it was at Trinity that she really followed up on her charity work and theatrical talents. She landed many roles in multiple theatrical productions, showcasing her acting and singing skills as well as her skills on the handbells and the recorder. She has since continued to participate in theatre while attending the UWI.
While studying French and Spanish from 2006 through 2013, her ardour for varied cultures has also caused her to commence studies in Portuguese, German, Italian and Dutch; while her travel interests have led her to visit countries such as Spain, England, Belgium, France, Poland, Italy, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Barbados and the United States.
According to Chanel DaCosta “Happiness is a priority in my life. I am sure that once I am happy and enjoy whatever I do, I will be successful.”