Karina Lombard was born in Tahiti, the youngest of five children. Her four older siblings are named Helene, Ines, Charles and Denise. Her mother is Polynesian. 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. "