“Do you think you will go and see the Pirates, when they arrive in New York?” I asked. “You know, I think I might, because they were such good people and I got good vibes from them, so yeah; they will be here between the 8 and the 11, so maybe I can go on the yacht again!”
Had Tara expected to win Miss USA? ”No, it was a huge surprise, because it was something I had wanted for a very long time and I never thought I would be that lucky. When it comes to raffle tickets and trying out for the lottery and stuff like that I never get my name called; I’ve have never been one of the lucky ones. I never expected to be called that night and, when I was, I just went into shock. I was so completely shocked it didn’t actually hit me till the next morning. The next morning, it struck me .... ‘I’ve just won Miss USA’ and I actually cried!!”
“When your year as Miss USA ends, will you completely change the direction of your life and go into something very glamorous or go back to your business studies?” was my final question. “I think I am going to try to balance both, because I want to do something with my life.” Tara replied “My aim is to, possibly, get into hosting my own show, or acting of some kind, or even singing if I can! I think education is very important though, without education it is so hard to get anywhere, so I will probably go and try and finish my degree, so I will have a fall back. I like to keep my options open.
I freely admit that I’ve never talked to a beauty queen before and Tara Conner surprised me. I’d expected someone “prissy” - to use her word, instead I spoke to a bright, down to earth young woman, who gives you the feeling she will succeed in anything she takes on. If she gets serious about sailing, you can be pretty sure she won’t be satisfied with just some gentle cruising.