Shayla LaVeaux grew up in Denver, Colorado, where she was raised by her single mother. A rebellious youngster, she quit school at 15, got involved in drugs and wild parties before getting married and settling down in 1990. She and her husband owned an adult bookstore and stripping service, and she decided that it would be good for business for her to do some exotic dancing and nude magazine layouts. Soon afterwards she met up with Alexis De Vell, a friend who had become a porn star, and the pair took off for California, where Shayla decided to try the business herself. She liked it, and has been involved in it ever since.