Born Jessica Nelson, Stoya is an adult actress and model probably best known as an “alt porn star.” She is sometimes billed as Stoya Doll or Nina Blue. Her measurements are 32B-25-33. She won the 2009 AVN Award for Best New Starlet.
Stoya wrote on Twitter: “Incendiary. Quixotic. Sassy. Not Safe For Work (or Minors) Occasional Porn Star, Occasional Writer. Highly skilled at avoiding pants.”
She is a mix of Scottish and Serbian ancestry. Her stage name was her nickname before she got into the adult biz. (It’s the shortened version of her grandmother’s last name.) As for her family, Stoya said, “It definitely took me a year to work up the courage to tell my mom that I was…taking my clothes off on the Internet.” See told the Huffington Post that “My dad is purely just angry that I ruined porn for him.”
Stoya said growing up she was bookish and quiet. “I was homeschooled most of my life. North Carolina has the worst public schools and all the private ones are super religious, so I spent most of my time learning things or in a dance studio.” She also grew up without a TV.
Stoya graduated from high school when she was 16. She subsequently spent a semester at Delaware College of Art & Design, but later dropped out. She then moved to Philadelphia and attended a summer program at UArts. While in Philly, she worked various jobs, including go-go dancer, secretary and flier distributor. She also appeared in music videos for bands that she said no has heard of.
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Stoya didn’t pursue modeling “until I was already making a living off of it.” She got into modeling after posing for a friend. That led to alt-erotic websites. The websites led to her signing with Digital Playground. She has twice turned down their offer to pay for breast implants. She also has a Fleshlight made of her vagina.
In her spare time, Stoya likes to make clothing and read books. She also writes for Vice, The New York Times, Esquire and posts frequently on her tumblr account. She said after porn she would like to continue writing. “At some point I’m no longer going to be viable in front of the camera. And so I will need to do things that don’t involve being mass-market appealing….”
Her turns-ons are pretty girls.
When asked if there was something most people didn’t know about her, Stoya said, “I’m really a Jedi? Seriously, I’m such an open book that there aren’t really any secrets. But the Jedi answers sounds so much cooler.” She used to have vertical and horizontal barbells in both nipples, but she took them out “because they get kept getting caught on things and I was bored of them.”
Stoya was romantically involved with Marilyn Manson and is currently dating porn actor James Deen. She resides in New York City.