Tila Nguyen (born Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen), better known by her stage name Tila Tequila, is an American model, entertainer, and singer best known for her appearances in Stuff, Maxim, Time and Penthouse; for her role as host of the Fuse TV show Pants-Off Dance-Off; and her position as the most popular artist on MySpace (according to page views) as of April 2006.
Tila Tequila has clawed and scratched her way to fame. The bisexual entertainer built a social network of more than 2 million MySpace friends.
Tila grew up in a strict, sheltered Buddhist community in Texas. When she was 16, she ran away to New York City with only $300 in her pocket. When the money was gone, she found herself back in the Lone Star State, where she used a fake ID to get a job as a waitress at a strip club.
When Tila was 18, a scout for Playboy magazine approached her and told her she had just the look they wanted. She needed money, so she decided to strip down.
Tila was immediately hooked on the thrill and the cash that baring her body brought in, so she moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in modeling.
Tila appeared in Playboy five more times, and soon the jobs started pouring in. She modeled at car shows and in car mags and became a spokesmodel for Nintendo.
As her career continued to grow, she decided to promote herself on the Internet, which turned out to be the best career move she could have ever made.
Her MySpace page, which features racy photos and videos, was an instant online hit and she quickly accumulated an insane amount of "friends" and became the site's most popular person.
Since making a name for herself online, Tila has been featured in such magazines as Stuff and Rolling Stone, appeared on TV shows like Identity and The War at Home and scored a cameo in the hit movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
In 2007 she became the subject of her own bisexual reality dating show on MTV, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, in which 16 straight males and 16 lesbian female contestants live in Tila's house and compete for her attention and affection.
A second season premiered in the USA on 22 April, 2008.