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Born (1986-06-15) June 15, 1986 (age 28)[1]
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.[2]
Other names Stoya Doll[1]
Ethnicity Scottish, Serbian[3]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[4]
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)[4]
No. of adult films 60 (per IAFD as of March 2015)[1]

Stoya (born June 15, 1986) is an American pornographic actress, writer and model.

Early life[edit]

Stoya was born in Wilmington, North Carolina[5] to a Serbian mother and a Scottish father.[6] Her mother named her after Jessica Savitch.[7]

As a child, she wanted to become a dancer, starting dance lessons at the age of three. She was home-schooled and got her high-school diploma before the age of sixteen.[8] Because her father worked in IT, Stoya had access to a lot of electronics and gaming equipment, which she says developed her love for technology.[9]

"I was three when I was using DOS. My mom taught me how to read, and my dad taught me how to navigate DOS", she has said.[9] At a later age, Stoya moved to Delaware, where she spent a semester at Delaware College of Art & Design, but she later dropped out.[8] After relocating to Philadelphia, she attended a summer program at UArts. Some of her jobs in Philadelphia included being a secretary, flier distributor, and a go-go dancer. Stoya appeared in several music videos for bands that, according to her, "no one will ever hear of."[2] In May 2009, Stoya said that she would be moving from Philadelphia and relocating to Los Angeles in the fall of that year.[9]

Professional life[edit]

Stoya began posing for adult pictures for a friend.[7] That eventually led her to modelling and working for alt-erotic websites.[8] One of the websites she had worked for asked if she was willing to do a softcore scene for a DVD they were putting out.[2]

Stoya claims that she discovered pornography through an interest in BDSM and via fetish newsgroups on the internet. She has stated that few adult films interested her and that she prefers those with artistic and fetish themes.[10]

Stoya was featured in two DVD productions for Razordolls, and she made a non-sex, cameo appearance in two Vivid Alt titles[11][12] before being contacted by Digital Playground with a proposition to perform in a hardcore lesbian scene with Sophia Santi. The scene in question never happened, but, in August 2007, she met with several Digital Playground representatives and was asked if she would star in a pornographic movie with male talent. After careful consideration, Stoya agreed.[2]

In October 2007, Digital Playground signed her to an exclusive, three-year contract.[13] Stoya is regarded as the company's first alt porn contract girl.[14] The first scene that she shot for them was for Stoya Video Nasty (promoted on the DVD box as the first film featuring her engaging in heterosexual intercourse), but her first movie released by the company was Jack's POV 9.[2][11]

Stoya has stated that exploring her sexuality on camera has been a fun adventure.[14]

In 2009, Stoya appeared in her first mainstream crossover project as Kamikazi Shegun 5000 in the award winning 48 Hour Film Project "The Kingpin of Pain".[15]

In April 2013, Stoya was featured in a Village Voice cover story issue profiling her career as well as her life in New York City.[16]

Even though Stoya was under exclusive contract with Digital Playground, Evil Angel director John Stagliano received "special permission" in 2013 to cast her in the sequel for the adult film series Voracious.[17] As of 2014, she left Digital Playground and is now focusing her career on directing. She is financing her first film to be shot in February 2014.[18]

Stoya also writes for Vice,[19] has written for The New York Times[7] and Esquire,[20] and blogged for XCritic.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Stoya enjoys art, and one of her hobbies is creating clothes which she wears in her scenes and during erotic conventions. She likes reading, with sci fi and fantasy being among her favorite genres.[8] Her favorite writers include William Gibson and Anne McCaffrey.[9]

Stoya has acknowledged the importance of social networking in her career;[2] she is active on MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr[22] and various internet forums.

In June 2009, she was reported to be dating Marilyn Manson,[23] but they later broke up due to Manson's touring schedule.[24] In an interview with the Huffington Post from July 2013, she stated that she was dating adult movie actor James Deen.[25]

The stage name "Stoya" was her nickname before appearing in adult films, and it is the shortened version of her grandmother's last name.[2]

She has twice refused Digital Playground's offer of free breast implants.[16]

In a blog post, Stoya said that she has mild latex allergies and difficulties with hormonal birth control. In the past, she said that she has had three chemically induced abortions, and states, "I’ve been pretty successful at avoiding pregnancy."[26]

In a June 2013 interview with The Huffington Post, Stoya revealed that her popularity as a porn star has made it difficult for her father to enjoy pornography.[27]



  1. ^ a b c "Stoya". Internet Adult Film Database. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Brandon Stosuy (2008-01-18). "An Interview with Stoya". The Fanzine. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  3. ^ "Stoya". Adult Film Database. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Website". Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  5. ^ Rog (2008). "Stoya Interview". Rog Reviews. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  6. ^ "The Charlatan’s conversation with adult film star Stoya". The Charlatan. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Stoya (8 March 2014). "Can We Learn About Privacy From Porn Stars?". The New York Times (New York ed.) (The New York Times Company). p. SR5. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved 15 February 2015. I chose Stoya because it was there. It was a diminutive of my grandmother’s maiden name, and my mother had considered it before naming me after Jessica Savitch, the news anchor. ... / I DIDN’T expect to become a porn star. ... my photographer roommate had an offer from a website to buy some nude pictures. We did a shoot ... 
  8. ^ a b c d Shahrazad Encinias (2008-01-30). "Girl On Girl: Stoya". The Naughty America. Archived from the original on 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  9. ^ a b c d Christopher Wink (2009). "South Philly’s Stoya: adult film it girl on DOS, social media and leaving Philadelphia". Technically Philly. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  10. ^ "Fleshbot: You asked, Stoya answered". Fleshbot. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  11. ^ a b David Sullivan (2007-12-06). "DP's Stoya Makes Her Boy/Girl Debut in Jack's POV 9". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  12. ^ "Stoya is the Goth Girl Next Door". Adult Film Database. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  13. ^ "Digital Playground Announces the exclusive signing of Stoya(tm)" (Press release). Digital Playground. 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  14. ^ a b Matt Stroud (2008-11-12). "Meet South Philly's Stoya". Philadelphia City Paper. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  15. ^ Krumm, Allison (2009-05-15). "48 Hours of Philmmaking". Phillyist. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  16. ^ a b Hess, Amanda (April 24, 2013). "Stoya, Pop Star of Porn". The Village Voice. 
  17. ^ Dan Miller (2013-06-11). "John Stagliano Discusses 'Voracious' Sequel". XBIZ. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  18. ^ Chris Morris (2014-01-17). "The economics of being an independent porn star". CNBC. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Articles by Stoya". Vice. 
  20. ^ Stoya (November 4, 2013). "10 Things Stoya Learned from Masters of Sex". Esquire. 
  21. ^ Peter Warren (2008-04-21). " Hosts Stoya Contest". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  22. ^ Stoya. "Stoya on Tumblr". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  23. ^ Huga Rifkind (2009-06-05). "A most bizarre encounter with Marilyn Manson". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  24. ^ Loftus, Cindi (April 2011). "Xcitement Interviews: STOYA". Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  25. ^ Moye, David (June 17, 2013). "Stoya, Porn Star: My Dad Says I Ruined Porn For Him". Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  26. ^ Stoya. "The Choice Of Motherhood and Insidious Drug Store Signage". Retrieved 15 May 2013. [dead link]
  27. ^ Moye, David (2013-06-17). "Stoya, Porn Star: My Dad Says I Ruined Porn For Him". Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Digital Playground Wins Four Awards at Venus Berlin". Adult Video News. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  29. ^ "AVN - Exclusive: Complete 2008 eLINE Award Winners from Venus Berlin". Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  30. ^ a b David Sullivan (2009-01-11). "2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  31. ^ Edward Duncan (2009-02-13). "XBIZ Announces 2009 Award-Winners". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  32. ^ "2009 XRCO Award Winners Announced". Adult Video News. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  33. ^ "AVN Announces the 2012 AVN Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  34. ^ Dan Miller (2014-01-24). "2014 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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