I don’t watch the Miss USA pageants, so I didn’t know that Tara Conner was Miss USA. I mean, let’s face it, unless its earth shattering news, or celebrity news, I pretty much am not interested. I don’t think I’m smart enough to be able to function with my everyday tasks AND stay up to date with Miss USA news… there’s just not enough there. But this caught my eye because I saw it on the Today show (you know you’ve made it when you’re mocked on SNL or talked about on the Today show!) and then I looked it up on several of my favorite blogging sites. And it’s true. Tara Conner, Miss USA, is done. Here’s the story from the NY Daily News:
Miss USA Tara Conner is on the verge of losing her crown after testing positive for cocaine, lustily kissing Miss Teen USA in public and sneaking men into their Trump Place apartment, sources tell the Daily News. “Tara was a party animal,” said a source who knows Conner, 20, and Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, 18, from some of the city’s top nightspots. “I’ve seen them kiss before. They always dance all sexy on the tables. … They definitely get close.”
Conner packed her bags and left the bachelorette pad Thursday, and canceled a scheduled Miami charity appearance tonight. Pageant sources said she has no other public appearances this year.
Pageant boss Donald Trump scheduled a Tuesday news conference to announce her fate.
“First and foremost he is concerned about Tara and wants to do what is best for her,” Trump’s office said. “Then he will think about what is best for the very successful Miss USA pageant.”
One clubgoer described for the Daily News seeing Conner snort cocaine in one of the nightclubs where she drank regularly despite being underage, and The News learned she recently failed a drug test.
The Miss USA runner-up, Miss California USA Tamiko Nash, would inherit the crown if Conner can’t finish her reign.
Conner was named Miss USA just eight months ago, but quickly started blazing a trail through New York’s late-night club world, scenesters told The News.
“She really is a small-town girl. She just went wild when she came to the city,” one nightlife veteran said. “Tara just couldn’t handle herself. They were sneaking those [nightclub] guys in and out of the apartment.”
Conner and Blair shared a Trump Place apartment with Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, 19, but sources say Conner and Blair got in hot water with pageant bosses for getting Rivera drunk on her birthday.
Rivera cleaned up her act, sources said, but Conner still brought boyfriends home.
Conner grew up in a tiny town in rural Kentucky, trying her luck in regional pageants before winning the Miss USA title.
Soon she broke up with her hometown fiance and started dating around in the Manhattan nightclub world – when she wasn’t traveling all over the country for pageant obligations.
Ironically, when she was competing for the title, she complained that celebrities like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton were bad role models, TMZ.com reported.
“I think that they’re getting a little bit too much edgy. I think that they are a little bit too risque,” Conner said. “I think they need to tone it down a little bit.”
Did you read that? Cocaine, lesbian hook-ups, under-age drinking, partying… She’s a little Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan. Poor girl, I guess she let her semi-fame get to her head. Tisk, tisk.