Tila Tequila, born on October 24, 1981, is a famous television and social media personality. She is also known as “Miss Tila” and “Tornado Thien.” She rose to prominence as a “Playboy” model and a reality T.V. star. Moreover, she gained popularity as an active member of various social media websites. In fact, she was once the most famous person on MySpace! Let’s celebrate her special day by learning more about the star!
Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen
Miss Tila, Tornado Thien
October 24, 1981
Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, publically known by her stage name “Tila Tequila,” was born in Singapore. Her family members fled the country by boat following the end of the Vietnam War. When she was a year old, her family moved to a quiet neighborhood in Houston, Texas, U.S. Eventually, they found a home in a gated community operated by a Buddhist temple. When Nguyen was eight years old, her family left the community. She also has two siblings: an older sister named Terri and an older brother Daniel.
Growing up, Nguyen felt a disconnect between her and her family. Moreover, being an immigrant in America, she experienced a kind of identity crisis and struggled to find her place in the world. During her adolescent years, she resorted to writing poetry, attempting to cope with her emotions. When she was 16 years of age, Nguyen ran away from her home and stayed in Queens, New York City for several months. In 2000, she completed her education at Alief Hastings High School. She then enrolled at a college but dropped out without completing her education.
In 2001, she relocated to California, hoping to become a model. Her big break arrived soon when she was offered to model for “Playboy.” She was 19 years old when she modeled for the magazine. A year later, she began pursuing a career in music and set up a band named Beyond Betty Jean. Nguyen found another round of fame in 2003 with her appearance on the V.H.1 reality show “Surviving Nguyen.” Over the years, she has appeared in several television shows, such as “Pants-Off, Dance-Off” and “Identity.” In 2007, she received the Soup Awards for being the “Entertainer of the Year.” In 2008, Nguyen won the A-List Drama Queen, Bravo’s A-List Awards, and So Hot They’re Famous awards.
She features as the magazine’s “Cybergirl of the Week”.
She releases her first single titled ‘I Love U.’
Her reality show “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” goes on air.
Tequila becomes “Miss.”
Why We Love Tila Tequila
Her beauty is astounding
Tequila is downright gorgeous. She is a charming and confident woman, and one cannot take their eyes off her.
She is entertaining
Over the years, Tequila has ventured into an array of reality shows. She is fun, which keeps fans hooked on her shows.
She is brave
She is one of the rare celebrities who speak their mind without hesitation. Although she often receives backlash for her beliefs and comments, we still think it is commendable that she is so unabashedly herself, especially as a public figure.
5 Surprising Facts
The first Asian Cybergirl
Her April 2002 feature in “Playboy” made her the first Asian cybergirl of the month.
She has another moniker
She prefers being addressed as “Tornado Thien.”
She is a flat-earther
Tequila believes in the flat earth theory.
Her unusual discovery
She was discovered at a shopping mall by a “Playboy” scout.
She had a dating website
Tequila ran a now-defunct dating website named “TilasHotSpotDating.”
Tila Tequila FAQs
What is Tila Tequila doing now?
She is currently working on her music.
Who did Tila Tequila have a baby with?
She had a baby with her ex Thomas Whitaker.
How did Tila Tequila get her name?
Her friends nicknamed her due to her supposed alcohol allergy.
Tila Tequila’s birthday dates