Karina was born in the suburbs of Chicago. Her love for the stage started when she was 5 years old and started training in the Indian Classical Dance, Bharatnatyam. She has always dreamed of being a beauty queen and has participated in many pageants including Miss Illinois Teen USA, Miss India New York, and is the current Miss India USA training for Miss India Worldwide. She started her career with being cast in "In The Heights" and it broke all the cliches she had in her mind about musical theater. Vanessa, however, remains Karina's dream role. Karina graduated a year early from high school and went to New York to study at the Atlantic Theater Conservatory. A few of her favorite moments from New York include having a guest class with Oscar Winning Actor F. Murray Abraham and being invited to the preview of China Doll starring Al Pacino on Broadway. In her spare time, Karina loves to play the guitar, spend time with her dog, and explore the city.