_MG_8951On April 21st, 2006, a worldwide television audience of millions watched as Tara Conner’s “biggest dream ever” came true as she was crowned Miss USA 2006 at the conclusion of the 55th Miss USA telecast live from Baltimore, Maryland. The Russell Springs, Kentucky native is the first woman from Kentucky to win the title of Miss USA.

Throughout her year as Miss USA, Tara traveled all over the U.S. working with various breast and ovarian cancer charities and working with the United Service Organization (USO), lending her support to service men and women all over the world. She appeared on Lifetime’s hit show, “Project Runway,” competed at the Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles (where she placed 4th runner up!) and made red carpet appearances at special events all over the United States. She resided with Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe in a Trump apartment in New York City.

In December of 2006, Tara made headlines when she tested positive for cocaine. Her employers at the time, Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Organization, sent Conner to the Caron Treatment Center where she completed 30 days of treatment.

After crowning the new Miss USA in Los Angeles, Tara decided stay in Los Angeles to pursue her career in modeling and hosting. She has hosted on several networks from E! to MTV, and has appeared on shows like Pageant Place, The Girls of Hedsor Hall, and Pretty Smart.

After her very public struggle with addiction, Tara became a Public Advocacy Consultant for the Caron Treatment Centers. She has shared her experience with audiences all over the United States, and hopes to raise awareness that addiction is a disease, and that many people who have struggled with this disease can go on to lead healthy, productive lives in recovery. She also wants educators, families, and professionals to know that sobriety at an early age is achievable, and that it greatly enhances life’s possibilities.