Vanessa Baden (born September 8, 1985) is an African-American actress best known for her role as Kyra Rockmore in the Nickelodeon TV series Kenan and Kel, and for starring in the TV series Gullah Gullah Island.Baden was born in Manhattan Beach, California and raised in Satellite Beach, Florida, where she got her start as a model in print ads. She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in December 2007 with a degree in sociology. In 2004, she won the Florida District Miss Black and Gold Pageant, representing the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at a regional competition in Atlanta, Georgia.
Teaching at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Cocoa, Florida [March 2010]
Won the "Critics Choice Award" for District XI High School Drama Competition for 2 contrasting monologues. (Critics choice is the highest award given at competition, beating out all of the "best of shows")