Singapore-born, Houston-raised Tila "Tequila" Nguyen has become a pop culture sensation. She is one of the most popular personalities in cyberspace, breaking records on MySpace, with a record breaking 1.4 million friends, as well as Facebook.
Raised in a Buddhist temple, the Vietnamese teenager soon rebelled against her strict upbringing, developing into an outspoken tomboy before being discovered by international magazine editors. Since then, this Texan beauty has graced the covers of numerous magazines including Maxim UK and Stuff, was listed on Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" list, and has been featured in Rolling Stone's "Hot Issue".
A musician at heart, Tila's has recorded with numerous platinum and multi-platinum producers such as Lil' Jon, Junior Sanchez and Leor Dimant (aka DJ Lethal). A versatile artist, Tila has made numerous television and film appearances, including a cameo opposite Adam Sandler in the Universal Pictures feature I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007). Her "Tequila" nickname originates from a near fatal drinking experience. Ironically, Tila is allergic to alcohol.
Tila Nguyen was born in Singapore, but moved to Houston, Texas when she was just a year old. Born to French-Vietnamese parents, Nguyen lived in a strict Buddhist community until she was eight. She had a turbulent childhood: at eleven she tried heroin, at thirteen she began to drink, at fourteen she was sent to a boarding school for several months, at fifteen she got her first tattoo and began to smoke, and she ran away to New York City at sixteen.
By chance, Tila was discovered at a mall by a Playboy scout right after graduating from high school. She was skeptical at first, but then accepted the offer and moved out to West Hollywood.
She is now a singer, actress, and the most friended person on MySpace.
Was discovered by Playboy scouts in a mall.
Has her own clothing line, Tila Fashion.
Has a comic book coming out called "The Saint Sinners".
Is a character in 'Street Racing Syndicate' for Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube.
Playboy's first Asian to win the Cyber Girl of the Month title (April 22, 2002).
Manages upcoming groups of models called Feisty Felines.
Did her first shoot for Playboy at age 19.
Sang in a band, but quit because she felt she didn't belong there. The other members did not have the same drive and ambition.
Lived in Houston, Texas before moving to California.
She is 3/4 Vietnamese and 1/4 French.
Was the September 2007 entry in Stuff magazine's 2006-2007 pin up calendar.
Her nickname "Tila Tequila" came about at the age of thirteen.
Ranked #100 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Signed a citizen's arrest warrant accusing Shawne Merriman of choking and restraining her as she tried to leave his home. Merriman has denied any wrong-doing. (6 September 2009).
Was engaged to Casey Johnson at the time of Casey's death on January 4, 2010.
Her publicist is Jessica Cohen.
I've learned to grow and find myself. Ever since I moved out on my own, I've grown up a lot faster and now I can just go for what I want!
(October 2007) Has her own reality dating show on MTV called "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila" (2007).
(2008) Release of her book, "Hooking Up with Tila Tequila: A Guide to Love, Fame, Happiness, Success and Being the Life of the Party" by Tila with Sarah Tomlinson.
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