Acela Kuandykova was born on November 26, 1980, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. Four years later, her mother, Kulpan, married young journalist Talgat. The following year, they welcomed daughter Nurgiz.
The collapse of the USSR took its toll on Acela’s parents, and they divorced after nine years of marriage.
Struggling, Kulpan managed to give her daughters college education. In 2001, Acela graduated from Kainar University where she studied English.
In 2005, her future husband Tom brought her to Rhode Island, USA. After one year in America, Acela started working as a deli clerk in the supermarket Stop & Shop. That same year, she got a license for a personal trainer and got a job at YMCA. In 2009, Acela decided to try modeling and put her profile online. Shortly after that, the modeling agency John Casablancas, located in Boston, Massachusetts, noticed her and invited her to study modeling. After graduating, Acela worked as a model in Boston.
Unfortunately in 2011, Acela separated from her husband. After that, she decided to come to Los Angeles. The following year, Acela discovered her love for writing and wrote her first poetry novel Flowers of Life, which she dedicated to her mother.