WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA
Few markers of fame are quite as clear as being known by a single name, and in the modern porn industry, it’s hard to compete with a moniker like Stoya. One of the first alt models to break through into mainstream porn, Stoya is a tall, waifish woman who defies labels, even ones as readily open to interpretation as “alt girl.” With a body that might be more suited to working as a runway or an art model, she has carved out a specific niche and taken solid ownership of it. The dark and thoughtful brunette has been published in respected press outlets ranging from the New York Times to Vice, positioning herself as an advocate for a decidedly sex-positive worldview. Her artistic leanings, endless attitude and all-natural body have made her one of the more exciting porn stars to come along in recent years.
STOYA’S JOURNEY FROM MODEL TO ADULT FILM STAR
Stoya took a longer road than some into the adult entertainment industry, starting out at age 19 posing nude for artistic work a friend was doing. She eventually found her way into alt-erotic modeling work and elected to take on the stage name Stoya. The choice, she has said, was largely a branding decision, and it has made all the difference. Her striking nom de film and flawless pale look are both credited to the Serbian side of her family. The assertive attitude and confidence, however, may be of otherworldly origins.
The pornstar Stoya slowly established herself in the BDSM, fetish and alt markets with softcore porn efforts, finally working her way into the world of more hardcore scenes. In 2007, Stoya entered into an exclusive agreement with Digital Playground to be featured in a scene titled “Stoya Video Nasty.” She’d go on to participate in a variety of projects that blurred the lines between porn and mainstream storytelling, including an experimental work called “The Kingpin of Pain” that featured her in the curiously named role of Kamikazi Shegun 5000. Ever the sexual astronaut, Stoya’s film credits even include a Serbian sci-fi feature.
In 2014, Stoya the pornstar broke ties with her exclusive content distributors and began engaging in further experiments. She served as a co-creator of the digital format magazine ZeroSpaces.com, also working as a director and performer. Throw in a podcast, a multiplatform social media presence and work as a sex columnist, and it’s safe to say she has had an interesting run. Always one to push the envelope, she has partnered with the innovators at Fleshlight to create a flawlessly reproduced Stoya pocket pussy and an accompanying Butt Sleeve.