(Also known as Miss Tila.) Tila Tequila (born Nguyễn Thị Thiên Thanh on October 24, 1981) is one of the new "online celebrities" of our generation. Tila was born in Singapore but raised in Houston, Texas, United States, with an older brother and sister. She is of Vietnamese and French heritage. She got the name "Tila Tequila" when she was in high school and had a bad experience with tequila. Her friends then began to call her "Tila Tequila", and the name stuck.