Caya Hefner was born in Indonesia on May 15. She has a sister and two brothers. Growing up, she always wanted to do modeling, and she started doing pageants in high school. Once she turned 18 and graduated from high school, she moved to the United States, and lived in Seattle, Washington, for pre-med school.
Her career changed when she turned 21 and started entering bikini contests. One of them was Miss Hawaiian Tropic Pageant, which she won. Her very first title was Miss Hawaiian Tropic Anchorage, Alaska.