Last year's Miss U.S.A. Tara Conner celebrated her 22nd birthday Dec. 13 – and is also marking her first year of sobriety, she announced on Friday's Today show.
And by this time next year she intends to have another accomplishment under her belt: a book about her experiences and life's lessons, she said on the morning show.
Conner, from Russell Springs, Ky., spent 31 days at the Caron Foundation rehab facility in Wernersville, Pa., beginning in December 2006, following allegations of wild partying and wide speculation that she would be stripped of her title.
Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe organization, instead offered her a "second chance" – provided she would clean up her act.
Conner completed rehab on Jan. 21 this year. Soon after, she admitted that her indulgences had also included cocaine.
Of rehab, she told the Lexington Herald-Leader in March, "It taught me to be the genuine Tara. Rehab for me was basically like an awakening."