Nina grew up in a very traditional Catholic military family, and describes her ethnic background as a "Heinz 57" mix one of Filipino, Spanish, German, Japanese and Native American descent. When she was in high school she was scouted to model, but her mother would not allow her to until she graduated. In college, she worked as a part-time model, but at 25 she became pregnant and put aside her modeling career to raise her child. At 38, Nina went back to college and graduated. Now she wants to continue the modeling dream she launched 20 years ago.