Attended Cerritos High School, California. Graduated class of 1982.
From 1984-1986 while in college, Lela was one of the Spudettes in over 20 spots for the famous Spud Mckenzie Budweiser/Bud Light TV commercials.
Lela graduated from California State University with a BA in broadcast journalism in 1986.
Became engaged to director Antoine Fuqua. Fuqua had son Zachary from a previous relationship. 
Voted by the readers of Black Men Magazine as one of "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year". 
Welcomed first child, daughter Asia Rochon Fuqua, on July 28th 2002. The baby weighed 6lbs. She also has an older stepson Zachary Fuqua, her husband's son from his previous relationship.
Second child, son Brando born in May 2004.