Where did Joy Bryant go to college? Joy Bryant went to Yale University, and what’s more, she attended the famed Ivy League institution on a full scholarship. Whip smart and incredibly beautiful with talent to boot, Bryant arrived at Yale having graduated from the Westminster High School in Connecticut, yet another prestigious house of learning the future model and actress went to on full scholarship. Both schools were worlds away from her hometown of the South Bronx, N.Y., where she grew up on welfare, raised by her grandmother.

When fans hear the answer to the question “where did Joy Bryant go to college?” they might be surprised, as models and actresses aren’t always thought of as great thinkers. But Bryant is different; she was bookish as a child, even as she showed promise as a dancer, and long before she caught the eye of modeling scouts and launched a career that would include campaigns with Victoria’s Secret and Tommy Hilfiger, she wowed people with her mind.

“Where did Joy Bryant go to college?” has been a topic of conversation since at least 2001, when she made the jump from modeling to acting and earned a role in the MTV production “Carmen: A Hip Hopera.” The following year, she gave her breakout film performance in Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, “Antwone Fisher,” and that led to major roles in a string of major movies, among them “The Skeleton Key” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” starring 50 Cent. Since 2011, she’s portrayed Jasmine Trussell on the hit NBC drama “Parenthood.”

One might also answer the question “where did Joy Bryant go to college?” by saying New Haven, Connecticut, where Yale was established in 1701. Known as the third-oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S., Yale has produced five presidents and 19 Supreme Court justices — none of whom were as beautiful as Joy Bryant.

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