Tara Connor Biography

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Height ain't Might?
Standing 5'5,Tara is one of the "shortest" Miss Usa titleholders.
5'4 tall Kimberly Pressler who represented USA in Miss Uiverse
1999 held in Trinidad & Tobago failed to make the cut.

BiographyThe union of John Conner and Brenda Johnson, Tara is the first
woman from Kentucky to win the Miss USA title in the 55-year
history of the pageant. She hails from Russell Springs. She expects
people in her hometown from the south, with a population around
2,500, to be pretty excited about her win. This 20 year-old stunner
has blonde hair and brown eyes.

Tara is a graduate of Russell County High School. She is taking up
Business Administration at Somerset Community College in
south-central Kentucky. Her part-time jobs include being a model
and a waitress.

Did you know?

Tara has been competing in pageants since age 4, when she was
third runner-up in the Casey County Apple Festival pageant. By
age 13, she won the title of Young Miss Russell County at the
county fair.Her dad would describe her as"a ponytail girl, a
pajama-wearing, sweat girl whom she often nagged to put makeup
on "or at least sunglasses & lipstick"before she goes out.

Miss Kentucky USA
On Sunday November 27th 2005, Tara beat thirty-seven women
from across Kentucky to take the prestigious crown of MISS
KENTUCKY USA®,earning her the right to represent her state in
Miss USA 2006. Her court includes, in order from fourth to first
were: Amanda Nunnelley of Louisville, Michelle Banzer of Louisville,
Aimee Smith of Lexington, and Lara Wilson of Ashland.

Miss Teen – Miss USA
Tara represented Kentucky in Miss Teen USA 2002 won by
Wisconsin's Vanessa Marie Semrow on August 28, 2002. Tara
topped the swimsuit competition and took the Bluepoint fitness
and swimsuit award. She finished as 2nd runner-up. It is interesting
to note that she is the 8th former Miss Teen USA participant in 11
years to be crowned Miss USA

1995 Shanna Moakler, Miss Teen USA'92 (Top 12)
1996 Ali Landry, Miss Teen USA'90 (Top 12)
1997 Brandi Sherwood, Miss Teen USA'89 (winner)
1999 Kimberly Pressler, Miss Teen USA'94 (45th)
2000 Lynette Cole, Miss Teen USA'95 (Top 6)
2003 Susie Castillo, Miss Teen USA'98 (13th)
2005 Chelsea Cooley, Miss Teen USA'00 (11th)
2006 Tara Conner, Miss Teen USA'02 (2nd RU)
* Shanna Moakler & Brandi Sherwood inherited the Miss USA title
from eventual Miss Universe winners Chelsi Smith & Brook Lee.

Tara Elizabeth Connor won the Miss USA 2006 pageant in the 1st
Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD on Friday, April 21. She will
compete as Miss USA July 23 in the Miss Universe competition
in Los Angeles. Her court includes 1st Runner-up Tamiko Nash
of California, 2nd Runner-up Lisa Wilson of Georgia, 3rd Runner-up
Stacy Offenberger of Ohio and 4th Runner-up Cristin Duren of Florida.
The 55th annual Miss USA competition was broadcasted live in NBC.
The panel of judges who chose her includes Chad Hendrick, Nicole Linkletter,
James Hyde, Gina Drosos, Conner, Steve Madden, Hines Ward, Jillian Barberie,
and Donald Trump Jr. Nancy O'Dell, Carson Kressley & Drew Lachey hosted the event.
Drew Lachey hosted the event.