Tara Conner

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A former Miss USA, Tara Conner, now speaks to enlighten audiences on understanding the disease of addiction, harmful stigma, and the real beauty of recovery. 

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Tara Conner is a public speaker, model, television personality, and recovery advocate. This former beauty queen was crowned Miss USA in 2006 and also competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants. Her role from pageant contestant and model has now shifted to that of public speaker and recovery advocate. Through her recovery work, her speaking appearances and her social media platforms she shares her experiences and her strength and hope with audiences throughout the United States.

The first woman from the State of Kentucky, to be crowned Miss USA, Tara Conner silently struggled with substance use as a young teen. In December of the year she was crowned, she entered treatment and completed 30 days for alcohol and drug addiction. Now a person in long term recovery, Tara speaks out to encourage others to seek treatment and also find their path to sobriety.

Tara hopes to raise awareness that addiction is a disease and that once treated, many individuals go on to lead healthy, productive lives in recovery. She especially wants educators, families and professionals to know that sobriety at an early age is achievable and that it greatly enhances life’s possibilities. Tara is passionate about reaching our youth with the right message early and often.

With her articulate and passionate talks, Tara emphasizes that addiction is a family disease. She now educates others so they may learn firsthand how to break the cycle. Tara often talks about the importance of treatment and the beauty of recovery. She has helped to shine a light on the recent epidemic, supports more prevention efforts nationally, and is a rising star for the recovery movement.

Recovery is the best kind of “beautiful”
— Tara Conner