Skye was born in the San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles, California, is an only child, and is of Japanese and Caucasian (English, Russian, and Norwegian) descent whose career background has centered around screen acting, where she trained for over 15 years. Skye has called her start in adult video as "unexpected."
Her father owned a company that made mechanical dinosaurs where she ended up working. She has also worked in retail and as a waitress. Later Skye worked at a company called Arts and Entertainment as a junior account analyst and annuities representative and was promoted three times. She also worked for a large toy company as a Design Assistant then moved into marketing.
Skye is known in the adult industry for her appearance in feature titles, including movies for Brazzers, Hustler Video, Penthouse Video, Wicked Pictures and Vivid Entertainment. She also had a toy modeled from her own body by Topco, an adult toy company.
In 2013, upon her return from a break from the industry, Skye began representing herself and scheduling her own bookings.
In 2001, Skye opened an online store (Purely Skye Designs) which featured original handcrafted jewelry and accessories. In 2013, she partnered up to start a new company, Shameless Shirts (formerly RatedXTeez), where she designs screen printed T-shirts with explicit sayings on them. The apparel company has since ceased regular operation, but she still produces items on demand.
Members of the bands L.A. Guns, W.A.S.P., White Lion and Black Line appeared at Skye's birthday at the Universal CityWalk in 2007. She was a frequent co-host of adult personality Tony Batman's A! Entertainment.
Skye was featured in the 2008 movie Sex and the City, where she appeared with fellow adult actress Roxy DeVille and mainstream actor Gilles Marini. She was featured twice as an extra in Dexter, appeared on Entertainment Tonight for her Gilligan's Island Adult Parody, and on the Maury Povich show. In 2009, she was cast as a featured extra in Pimpin' Pee Wee, a comedy by cult film director Brian Trenchard-Smith and based on the 1982 film Porky's, and, in 2011, she had a small role in the documentary style film Cinema Salvation.
Skye is an alumnus of San Diego State University and working toward her degree in women's studies with a minor in human sexuality. After graduating from college and when her adult career is over, she plans on going to graduate school to become a marriage counselor and sex therapist.
She has been married and divorced and credits a visit to a strip club with her ex-husband as the inspiration for entering the adult industry, starting out first as a nude model and a stripper. Skye stated in an interview that about two years into her career she revealed to her mother and step-father about working in the adult industry and that it was received in a positive manner.
In 2009 Skye was diagnosed with throat cancer that required surgery which prompted her first break from working in the industry. She was also going through a divorce and returned to the industry in 2011. Starting in 2012, Ryder took another break from the adult industry that lasted roughly a year and a half. During that absence, she also had breast augmentation surgery to increase her bust to a size of 32DDD/F.
Awards and nominations
- 2008 NightMoves Award nominee – Best New Starlet
- 2009 AVN Award nominee – Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene – Babes Illustrated 17 (with Eva Angelina & Sammie Rhodes)
- 2009 AVN Award nominee – Best New Starlet
- 2009 AVN Award nominee – The Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year
- 2009 F.A.M.E. Award nominee – Favorite Female Rookie
- 2009 XBIZ Award nominee – New Starlet of the Year
- 2015 XRCO Award winner – Best Cumback