She invited thousands of people to join the site, helping My Space make its mark just as she was making hers.
I initially looked into Tila as a potential “Where are they now?
” story, but she doesn’t have the kind of nod-inducing, semi-appropriate, quasi-obsolescence we enjoy seeing from our faded stars; she got famous enough to suffer the kind of negative press and scrutiny that drives starlets to the edge, but not famous enough that people still care.
Tila was the middle-class daughter of Vietnamese immigrants in Houston, who’d moved from Singapore to the U. After modeling for a variety of import car magazines and creating a personal website with nude pictorials for premium members, she decided to re-brand herself as Tila Tequila.
She used My Space to upload countless glamour shots of herself, record and broadcast her singing, and to interact with fans.
Tila had already gotten kicked off Friendster when she joined My Space, but the new social network proved to be a better fit.