Who is Tila Tequila?
Tila is a television personality, model, singer, and actress, who gained popularity through her social media presence on MySpace in the early 2000s. She later starred in her own reality TV show “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila”, and has since appeared in other reality shows, and pursued a career in both music and acting.
Tila Tequila Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Tila Tequila was born on 24 October 1981 in Singapore. Her birth name is Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, which she later changed to Tila Tequila. She grew up in a conservative Vietnamese family, and has described her childhood as being strict and traditional.
With an older brother and an older sister, the family moved to the United States when she was a child, and settled in Houston, Texas, where Tequila attended Alief Hastings High School, from which she matriculated in 2000.
Her teenage years in Houston can be described as troublesome at best. She was involved in a drive-by shooting, ran away to Queens, New York City, became pregnant and suffered a miscarriage durng her journey.
At 19 years old, Tila caught the attention of a Playboy scout while on a stroll in the Sharpstown Mall. She was immediately recruited and invited to model nude for the magazine. After a test photo shoot, Tila followed her career to Southern California, where she was Playboy’s Cybergirl of the Week on 22 April 2002.
Soon after, she was named the first Asian Cyber Girl of the Month. and since then has graced pages of such magazines as Maxim, among others.
Furthermore, she featured on the cover of Import Tuner magazine, then she was seen at car shows, including Hot Import Nights, while she was also the model for the video game “Street Racing Syndicate”.
MySpace Popularity and Music Career
In 2003, Tila Tequila created a profile on the social networking site MySpace, on which she began sharing photos and updates about her life. She quickly gained a large following, with her profile eventually receiving over two million friends.
Tequila’s popularity on MySpace led to her being discovered by various media outlets and talent agencies, which helped to launch her career in reality television and music.
Before releasing music as a solo act, Tila started looking for rock bands that would let her join. However, after this turned unsuccessful, she formed her own band, Beyond Betty Jean, but this project fell through, and she launched another band called Jealousy, with which she released a few songs online, but without any major success.
She never gave up, and participated in the reality TV show “Surviving Nugent”, in which participants performed various tasks and stunts for famous rock star Ted Nugent.
After this, she featured in several other reality shows, including “Pants-Off Dance-Off”, before signing a contract with Will. I.Am music group, a record label under A&M Records.
However, she still decided to go solo and release music on her own. Her debut single, “I Love U” came out on 27 February 2027, followed by the release of her debut EP called “Sex” by The Saturday Team. Tila was sued by the label for breaching her contract, claiming that the EP was not authorized for release by her. At first,it was removed, but after the label won the suit, it was made again available for digital purchase.
To speak further of her accomplishments in music, Tila released the EP “Welcome to the Darkside” through her own record label Little Miss Trendsetter.
Reality TV Star
Tila shot to fame through her own reality show, “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila”, a dating competition reality show that premiered on MTV in 2007. The show featured 16 men and 16 women competing for the affection of Tila Tequila, with the contestants living together in a mansion, and participating in various challenges and dates with Tequila.
Throughout the course of the show, Tequila developed relationships with several of the contestants, including Bobby Banhart, who ultimately won the competition and a romantic relationship with Tequila. However, their relationship was short-lived, and they broke up shortly after the show aired.
Despite its popularity, “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” was criticized for its portrayal of bisexual relationships, and was accused of promoting negative stereotypes. The show was also criticized for its low production values, and perceived lack of authenticity. Nevertheless, it was a hit with audiences, and helped to solidify Tila Tequila’s status as a reality TV star.
There was a second season of the show, which aired in 2008. The format was similar to the first season, with Tila Tequila dating both men and women in a competition format, and featured 15 men and 15 women, and the contestants participated in various challenges and dates to win Tequila’s affection.
Kristy Morgan, a model and actress was named the winner of the second season of the show, but Kristy declined the opportunity to date Tila, saying that she wasn’t ready for a relationship with a woman at the moment.
Later Career, Controversial Statements
After a period of relative quiet following the end of her reality TV career, Tila Tequila resurfaced in 2016 with a series of controversial social media posts, including expressing support for white nationalism and making anti-Semitic comments. As a result of these posts, she was widely criticized and banned from several social media platforms.
In the years since then, Tequila has continued to post on social media, and has also released several singles and music videos. She’s also been involved in various controversies, including a reported altercation with her boyfriend in 2018, and a lawsuit filed against her by a former housekeeper in 2020.
According to reports, Tila is now living a new life devoted to Christ, her family, and her business.
According to authoritative sources, Tila Tequila’s net worth is estimated at $700,000, as of early 2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Married, Children
Tila is currently single. However, she has two children, both daughters, born in 2014 and 2018, from different relationships.
Over time, she dated Casey Johnson, heiress and daughter of businessman Woody Johnson, and was in a relationship with musician Thomas Paxton Whitaker.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Tila Tequila has light brown hair and brown eyes. She stands at a height of 4ft 11ins (1.5m), weighs approximately 105lbs (47kgs), with vital statistics of 39-26-37, and bra size 36C.