05:40 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 05/12/2009 01:50PM
They've been judged on their beauty, poise, congeniality and answers to hot-button questions, but how do you rate their scandals and slip-ups?
Miss California USA Carrie Prejean's crown has been saved by Donald Trump despite her semi-nude photo scandal. Take a look back at the trials, tribulations and trip-ups of other famous Misses and vote for the most notorious beauty queen fail.
Originally posted 01/23/2009 07:50AM
Calling herself "Mess USA," former beauty queen Tara Conner introduces herself to fellow contestants on CMT's new season of Gone Country with a shocking admission: After the revelations of her underage drug and alcohol use that nearly cost her the 2006 Miss USA crown, Conner contemplated suicide.
"When everything went down with me when I was Miss USA, I didn't know who I was," Conner tells her castmates on the show's premiere episode, airing this weekend. "I didn't know what real emotions were. I was a miserable person. I got to the point, literally, where I was suicidal."
Originally posted 12/28/2007 11:00AM
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.
Originally posted 03/21/2007 11:00AM
The tumultuous, yearlong reign of Miss USA Tara Conner will come to a close on Friday – as pageant organizers plan to ensure the next generation of contestants learns from her mistakes.
Originally posted 01/26/2007 06:40PM
Miss USA Tara Conner is "a completely different person" since going through rehab, she tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview.
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