Christine Mendoza was born in Bulacan in the Philippines and raised there until coming to the United States at an early age. She can still speak Tagalog fluently. Her family settled in Oxnard, then moved to Camarillo, California. She was discovered while attending a car show with a friend when she was approached by an import tuner magazine. Soon after turning 18 she started her modeling career. When she first posed for a magazine cover her parents became enraged. Since then, they have supported her choice. She has since moved to Los Angeles for her modeling career.