Sophia Santi was born Angela Stettner on December 6, 1981 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She's of mixed Irish, Romanian, Mongolian, and Cherokee Indian descent. Santi grew up as a tomboy in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and first started modeling at age 14 (she also lost her virginity when she was 14). Sophia worked as a gourmet pizza chef while in high school and attended a trade school to become an esthetician. She moved to her mother's home state of Arizona at age 18. Santi then moved a second time to Los Angeles, California at age 20. Sophia began working as an adult model under the name Natalia Cruze and started performing in explicit hardcore movies in her early 20s in 2003. She signed an exclusive contract with Digital Playground in 2005 and changed her stage name to Sophia Santi. Santi was the Pet of the Month in the November, 2002 issue of Penthouse and a Pet of the Year runner-up for 2005. Sophia has two tattoos and a pierced navel. A devotee of Tantric and Ayurvedic philosophies, Santi is also interested in both natural medicine and spirituality.