Tila Tequila is one of those celebrities that was very highly prominent back in the early 2000s, but no one seems to mention nowadays. It’s unfortunate that quite a few celebrities that were at a very high point of fame then seem to have died down, but I guess that’s how the world intended.
Either way, this 35-year-old that originally hails from Singapore has a very interesting story, and if you came to read her story along where she is today, you came to the right place.
1. Place of birth
Tila was born Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen in Singapore, after her parents had immigrated from Vietnam. She was born as the youngest of three children, the other two being brother Daniel and sister Terri.
This is unfortunately the only baby photo that was found
A lot of people may already know this, but Tila actually rose to prominence due to being discovered on MySpace. Time Magazine dubbed her the queen of the social media website.
3. Beyond Betty Jean
She created this band at the age of 20, where she was the lead singer and songwriter.
4. Car shows and magazines
Back when the import racing scene was hot, Tila was a popular model, featuring at car shows and several car magazines.
Tila signed with Will.i.am’s music label back in April 2006.
6. Independent music
Even after signing with a major label, she decided to release some original music on her own. Her first single, ‘I Love U’ was released on iTunes in 2007.
7. She also released a few more independent songs, including ‘Paralyze’
8. Splitting from the label
She unfortunately had to split from the label. In an interview with VladTV, she says it was her management’s decision ‘They didn’t want me to sign with Will. I was very upset with that. I was too new to this industry to understand the logistics and you know, politics of what’s going on,’
After modeling and singing, her next step was acting. She makes a cameo in ‘The War At Home’ where she appears in a character’s dream as herself.
She also appeared in ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry’ as a Hooters girl.
10. A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila
In May 2007, Tila started filming this reality TV show where 16 straight men and 16 lesbian women competed for Tila’s love.
11. A Shot at Love II with Tila Tequila
She started filming the second season in 2008, and the winner of the show was Kristy Morgan who denied her shot at love claiming that she wasn’t ready to have a relationship with a woman.
12. Miss Tila
Tila completely changed her identity and look in 2010, along with releasing a new single ‘I Love My DJ’.
13. Welcome to the Darkside
Tila launched her gossip blog in May 2010, titled MissTilaOMG.com, and also dropped her EP ‘Welcome to the Darkside’ that same year.
14. Celebrity Big Brother
Miss Tila appeared on this TV show in May 2015, only to be ejected from the house just a day later.
15. The present day
Tila is now a mother that is focusing on making new music, along with selling her own line of e-liquids for electronic cigarettes.