Back to Writing / 8-24-2004

Photo: Misha

Feisty little hottie Tila Tequila has led a roller coaster life of longing, lusting and laughing. Her Vietnamese family gave birth to her in Singapore and emigrated to the US when she was about 2 years old. "So naturally I was raised as a little American Hellcat in the suburbs of Houston," she jokes. In middle school, after fighting a bully and taking out a few teachers in the process, she was sent off to the "school for bad kids" for six months. "I was a pretty wild child after all and would probably punch your lights out if you pissed me off!"

She eventually dropped out of school, took off for NYC with $300, and started taking ecstasy regularly while clubbing and partying. "It gives me the chills just thinking about it now because that's just something I NEVER want to go back to." Tila eventually went back to Houston and looked for work. "It was a perfect time to find a job for me because at 17 my record of going to jail twice had been permanently erased from my files."

And work she found! The self-proclaimed hellcat was discovered at the mall in Houston, Texas when she was 18 by a Playboy scout. She turned her blazing attitude and southern charm into a new smart and sultry persona. Tila's site has hundreds of smoky, glamorous photos, but there are also many images of her laughing, joking, playing and making fun of the moment. What comes across from this little lady is not just her enormous sex appeal, but also the reality of her being and a sense of her humor. It's refreshing to see photos like this included in her session shots, instead of reduced to candids.

She graciously joked and spoke with us about her life of music, modeling and mayhem.

Sez G: You recently performed and Asianmodelpalooza as both a model and a member of your band. What kind of music do you play, and are you a sexy hardcore rocker chick?

Tila Tequila: It's rock n roll...and a little bit of punk. I sing. I can play guitar and keyboards as well as bass; however I don't usually play while performing in my band because I love to move around and dance.

Sez G: You also publish your lyrics and poetry on your site. What inspires you? Is it possible that this pretty little foul-mouth lady has a soft and tender heart?!?

Tila Tequila: Ha ha! Underneath all this hardness there is definitely a soft spot that only the special ones get to see....but I must warn you, once you see it, you'll never want another!

Sez G: You've been in Playboy half a dozen times. What's the experience of doing a shoot with them like for you?

Tila Tequila: It's great to be able to say that I've been in Playboy but that was a thing of the past. I will always be grateful that I did it, but now I have to reach for other goals in life, ya know?

Sez G: You said once that you were practicing abstinence for a while because you felt sex should be more meaningful. How long did that last, and did it work?

Tila Tequila: Hahaha! Umm...I think it lasted about a month and after that I went crazy and had some wild sex! I couldn't take it anymore! My lifestyle is so stressful right now that sex is not a luxury I can afford to give up.

Sez G: Your lifestyle seems stressful! I hear you've got a mad sleep schedule. How do you sleep all day and party all night when you are modeling, playing in a band, promoting and more? It sounds exhausting!

Tila Tequila: Oh it is definitely exhausting. I honestly don't know how I do it either. I guess sometimes when you're just crazy, time doesn't matter...

Sez G: Are you still single and loving it? Do you still have a weakness for bad boys and Chucks [sneakers]?

Tila Tequila: I will always have a thing for bad boys and their Chucks! And umm....I can't really answer the question on whether or not I have a boyfriend because by the time you read this I will probably have been single and on with another guy by then...haha! So who will be the one to tame me is the right question.

Sez G: Are there really video game characters modeled after you? Which games and do you play them?

Tila Tequila: Yeah I was supposed to be in 2 video games for PS2 but something happened with the company behind the games and they never released it. However you can still find me on covers for Gameboy Advances. There's some for sale at my online store....get yourself one! Hehe.

Sez G: You come across as both a very playful and very strong woman. You've mentioned that you grew up in a tough neighborhood. Where are you from and how'd you come to leave?

Tila Tequila: I was pretty much a rugrat growing up and I am very street smart. I grew up in an environment with a lot of drugs and shootings going on...lots of friends dying and sad stuff such as that. You wouldn't think so just by looking at me, but yes, I know how hard life can be and I know how it feels to feel trapped like there is no escape with your life. I found out the hard way that there is!

To make a long story CAN escape poverty, violence, drugs, blah, blah, blah if you truly wanted to. There is always a way out. Nobody said it would be easy, but there is a way out. I mean, no matter where you go, there will always be corruption in this world, but hey, we can't really stop that. But you can start a new life for me! And look at me now boys and girls...just fine and dandy! Haha!

We think you are absolutely both fine and dandy, Tila! You can learn more about the mischievous life of Tila Tequila at
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Tila Tequila - by Sez G