Eva Marcille Pigford (born October 30, 1984), known professionally as Eva Marcille, is an American actress, TV host and fashion model, who was born in Los Angeles, California and was the winner of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Her prizes included a CoverGirl cosmetics contract, a spread in Elle, and a modeling contract with Ford Models.
Marcille has appeared on the cover of Brides Noir, Women’s Health and Fitness (May 2005), King magazine (June 2005), IONA (November 2005), and Essence magazine. Her other modeling credits include CoverGirl, DKNY, Samsung, Red by Marc Ecko, Jewel magazine, In Touch Weekly magazine (June 2005), King magazine (November 2005), WeTheUrban Magazine, IONA, Unleashed magazine, Star Magazine, Elle, Elle Girl, Applebottoms, Lerner Catalog, Avon Campaign 4 and Rolling Out. Marcille’s runway shows include the Marc Bouwer Fall 2005, Elle Girl presents Dare To Be You: Wal-Mart Meets America’s Next Top Model 2005, Gharani Strok Fall 2005, Deborah Lindquist Spring 2006, Naqada Spring 2006, 8th Annual ‘Models of Perfection’ Show 2006, and L.A. Fashion Week’s Monarchy Collection Fall 2007.
After America’s Next Top Model, Eva made the transition into film and television. She landed a role on Taye Diggs’ Kevin Hill and was bitten by the acting bug. Eva has guest starred on several television shows including Smallville and Everyone Hates Chris and landed a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. She also showed off her comedy chops on the first season of MTV’s Wildin’ Out. Eva made her film debut in 2007’s I Think I Love My Wife starring Chris Rock.
In 2008, Eva joined the cast of the long-running daytime drama The Young and The Restless as Tyra Hamilton. Her work on the show earned her back-to-back NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama in 2009 and 2010.
From street-smart tough girl to fashion-savvy Hollywood star, Eva continues to grow as a multifaceted talent in modeling, hosting and acting. Eva also has the title of producer under her belt after producing and starring in Oxygen’s Girlfriend Confidential. Eva is has appeared in a recurring role on the popular BET comedy series, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and starred in The Fright Night Files on TVOne.
In 2014 Eva booked a lead role in a TVOne comedy Born Again Virgin as Tara Johnson, the show is currently in its second season. Teaming up with BET for her latest project, Eva Marcille is currently starring in About The Business, a docu- series that follows her journey through Hollywood.