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Born Jessica[1]
1986 (age 30–31)[2]
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States[3]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[4]
No. of adult films 65 (per IAFD, as of May 2016)[2]

Stoya (born 1986) is an American pornographic actress and model, regarded as Digital Playground's first alt porn contract girl.[2]

She is co-owner of pornographic web site TRENCHCOATx,[5] as well as a writer, having written for publications including Esquire, The New York Times and Vice.

Early life[edit]

Stoya was born in Wilmington, North Carolina[6] to a Serbian mother and a Scottish father.[7] Her mother named her after Jessica Savitch.[1]

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."[3] 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]

The stage name Stoya was her nickname before appearing in adult films and it is the shortened version of her grandmother's last name.[3]

Stoya began posing for adult pictures for a friend.[1] 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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3][11]

Stoya as Kamikazi Shegun 5000

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 appears as a main cast member in the 2016 mainstream lesbian fantasy series Dagger Kiss.[19]

She and Kayden Kross created the pay-per-scene pornographic website TRENCHCOATx. In addition to running the site, Stoya also acts in or directs some of the films.[5]

Stoya also writes for Vice,[20] has written for The New York Times,[1] New Statesman,[21] Esquire,[22] and blogged for XCritic.[23] In 2015, Stoya began to write for The Verge as their resident sex columnist.[24]

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 science fiction 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;[3] she is active on MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr,[25] and various Internet forums.

In June 2009, she was reported to be dating Marilyn Manson,[26] but they later broke up due to Manson's touring schedule.[27] Afterwards, she dated pornographic actor James Deen for several years.[28][29]

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

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

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 medication induced abortions, and states, "I've been pretty successful at avoiding pregnancy."[30]

In 2012, Stoya was a central figure in Amanda Palmer's music video for "Do It With a Rockstar".[31][32]

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.[33]

On November 29, 2015, Stoya said on Twitter that James Deen had sexually penetrated her through the use of coercion and without her consent:[34][35][36]

These allegations of rape were denied by Deen, who labelled them "false", "egregious", and "defamatory".[38] In the days following, eight other women went public saying Deen had assaulted them, San Francisco-based Internet pornography studio Kink dropped Deen,[39] and website The Frisky killed his column.[40]


Journal articles[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Stoya (March 8, 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 February 15, 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 ... 
  2. ^ a b c "Stoya". Internet Adult Film Database. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Brandon Stosuy (January 18, 2008). "An Interview with Stoya". The Fanzine. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Official Website". Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Allouche, Lucie. "Stoya Takes a Bath and Talks About Her New Pay-Per-Scene Porn Site". Vice. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Rog (2008). "Stoya Interview". Rog Reviews. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Charlatan’s conversation with adult film star Stoya". The Charlatan. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d Shahrazad Encinias (January 30, 2008). "Girl On Girl: Stoya". The Naughty America. Archived from the original on August 5, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  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 May 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Fleshbot: You asked, Stoya answered". Fleshbot. November 18, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b David Sullivan (December 6, 2007). "DP's Stoya Makes Her Boy/Girl Debut in Jack's POV 9". Adult Video News. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Stoya is the Goth Girl Next Door". Adult Film Database. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Digital Playground Announces the exclusive signing of Stoya(tm)" (Press release). Digital Playground. October 18, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  14. ^ a b Stroud, Matt (November 12, 2008). "Meet South Philly's Stoya". Philadelphia City Paper. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  15. ^ Krumm, Allison (May 15, 2009). "48 Hours of Philmmaking". Phillyist. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Hess, Amanda (April 24, 2013). "Stoya, Pop Star of Porn". The Village Voice. 
  17. ^ Dan Miller (June 11, 2013). "John Stagliano Discusses 'Voracious' Sequel". XBIZ. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ Chris Morris (January 17, 2014). "The economics of being an independent porn star". CNBC. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ "A lesbian 'Lord of the Rings' makes its debut on Valentine's Day". Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  20. ^ "Articles by Stoya". Vice. 
  21. ^ Stoya (June 1, 2015). "What porn actors don’t talk about". New Statesman. 
  22. ^ Stoya (November 4, 2013). "10 Things Stoya Learned from Masters of Sex". Esquire. 
  23. ^ Peter Warren (April 21, 2008). " Hosts Stoya Contest". Adult Video News. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  24. ^ Stoya. "Please meet our new sex columnist, Stoya". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ Stoya. "Stoya on Tumblr". Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  26. ^ Huga Rifkind (June 5, 2009). "A most bizarre encounter with Marilyn Manson". London: The Times. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  27. ^ Loftus, Cindi (April 2011). "Xcitement Interviews: STOYA". Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Bustle". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  29. ^ Stoya. "December 17". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  30. ^ Stoya. "The Choice Of Motherhood and Insidious Drug Store Signage". Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  31. ^ Amanda Palmer Interview. YouTube. May 21, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  32. ^ ""Do It With a Rockstar" (Full Uncensored – NSFW)". The official website of Amanda Palmer. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  33. ^ Moye, David (June 17, 2013). "Stoya, Porn Star: My Dad Says I Ruined Porn For Him". Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  34. ^ Michael Stewart (November 30, 2015). "Porn Star Stoya's Rape Allegations Against James Deen Prompt Powerful Hashtag". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Porn actor James Deen accused of rape by ex-girlfriend Stoya on Twitter". Mail Online. November 29, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Porn Actor James Deen Accused Of Rape By Ex-Girlfriend Stoya". BuzzFeed. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Stoya". Twitter. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Porn Actor James Deen Blasts "False And Defamatory" Rape Claims". BuzzFeed. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  39. ^ Finger, Bobby. "James Deen Dropped From Major Porn Studio Amid Allegations of Sexual Assault". Jezebel. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  40. ^ Grant, Melissa Gira (2015-12-04). "How Stoya took on James Deen and broke the porn industry's silence". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  41. ^ "Digital Playground Wins Four Awards at Venus Berlin". Adult Video News. October 21, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  42. ^ "AVN - Exclusive: Complete 2008 eLINE Award Winners from Venus Berlin". Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  43. ^ a b David Sullivan (January 11, 2009). "2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  44. ^ Edward Duncan (February 13, 2009). "XBIZ Announces 2009 Award-Winners". Adult Video News. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  45. ^ "2009 XRCO Award Winners Announced". Adult Video News. April 16, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  46. ^ "AVN Announces the 2012 AVN Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  47. ^ Dan Miller (January 24, 2014). "2014 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 

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