Karina Lombard was born in Tahiti, the youngest of five children. Her four older siblings are named Helene, Ines, Charles and Denise. Her mother, Nupuree Lightfoot, is a Lakota member and medicine woman. Her father, Henri Lombard, is of Swiss-Russian and Italian descent. Karina lived all over Europe as a child, including in Spain for a period of time, with her father and siblings. Spanish was her first language. Lombard stated, "I was in and out of Switzerland. We moved around a lot, but I did most of my schooling in Switzerland. "