Bif Naked, a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress, was born in New Delhi to teenaged parents; she was adopted by American missionaries. She spent part of her childhood in Lexington, Kentucky, where her father was a professor at the University of Kentucky. She went to Kelsey Elementary School in The Pas, Manitoba. After living for a time in Dauphin, Manitoba, her family eventually settled in Winnipeg. She graduated from John Taylor Collegiate and studied theatre at the University of Winnipeg. The name Bif started as a nickname based on the mispronunciation of her real name, Beth.