By Rich Simmons
You may know her as WWE Superstar Vanessa Borne but I know her as Danielle Kamela, a fellow artist and someone who also believes in the power of creative therapy.
After seeing her post a photo on her art packed instagram with one of my paintings in a museum in America, I reached out and we have become friends. I've got to know the woman behind the WWE performer and learn about the passion for art that inspires and motivates her career as a sports entertainer.
I'm excited to pull back the curtain and go behind the scenes on a unique, fascinating and multi talented woman who I think you will all learn something new about in this interview.
We know you best as a WWE Superstar and a former cheerleader, but anyone who follows you on instagram can see you love art. How long has art been part of your life and has your love for art inspired anything with your wrestling career?
Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was always drawn to it, to the process of creating and exploring my own ideas through different forms of art.
I really enjoy putting my own artistic spin on everything I do, even if it’s something as simple as an Instagram photo.
When it comes to wrestling, art has had a big influence on my character Vanessa Borne. I see Vanessa Borne as a piece of artwork. From the way she dresses, to how she walks, talks and carries herself. She is art.
Is there any crossovers with how you find inspiration, whether it’s for a painting or a wrestling move or ring attire?
Absolutely. As a former cheerleader and dancer, I have found inspiration for wrestling moves through dance. When it comes to painting/creating artwork, I am very influenced by my current state of mind and what’s going on in the world. For ring attire, I look at a lot of high fashion trends. Fashion is another art form I’m a big fan of!
You’ve got an amazing mix of heritages, with Samoan, Polish, Chinese, German and Irish. Do these different cultures bring different forms of inspiration and influence your creativity?
I think I have a hard time defining where some of my inspiration comes from, but because I am made up of all these things, I think it would be foolish to think that it hasn’t influenced me in some form or way.
I grew up with a Polynesian mom, and a white dad. So learning cultural differences and finding my own identity within my heritage is an ongoing journey. I feel fortunate to have such a unique background and to be able to learn about it.
Did you study art in school or is it a passion and talent you’ve developed in your own time?