Tara Conner

Bold, real and, yes, hot. Tara Conner personifies the modern beauty queen. Tara's tumultuous reign as Miss USA 2006 was splashed across the tabloid pages, but she has faced her problems and addictions head on, emerging as a young woman with a strong sense of self.

A native of Russell Springs, Ky., Tara has always broken the mold. This athletic tomboy was more likely to be caught smoking out back than practicing her poses. Nonetheless, winning the title of Miss USA was the realization of a lifelong dream -- and also a ticket out of small-town life.

But the dream of being Miss USA gave way to the reality of the enormous pressure of a titleholder's schedule and the considerable temptations of New York City's nightlife. It all proved too much for Tara to handle, and allegations of her wild partying hit the press.

Speculation ran rampant that Tara would be stripped of her crown, but her boss, business mogul Donald Trump, offered her a second chance. Finally forced to face her demons, Tara successfully completed a drug and alcohol rehab program and returned to the public stage to carry out the remainder of her tenure as Miss USA.

Recognizing the importance of guidance and support during the hectic and often lonely duration of a beauty queen's reign, Tara has rejoined the Miss Universe Organization as an advisor and mentor for the current titleholders. This bad girl beauty queen may be sober but she's still got a wild streak -- check out her tattoos! -- so watch out as Tara Conner returns to Pageant Place ? older, wiser and stronger than ever.