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|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Tamiko Pleshette Nash
August 24, 1979 
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Title(s)||Miss California USA 2006|
|Miss California USA 2006
Miss USA 2006
Nash has previously been employed by The Recording Academy, known for the Grammy Awards and is currently working as an actress in the Los Angeles area. Nash was a model on the television series The Price Is Right from 2007-2008.
Nash passed on her crown to Meagan Tandy in October 2006. In December it was reported that Tara Conner, who won the Miss USA pageant, might be dethroned due to inappropriate behavior. This never did occur. Conner was famously forgiven by Donald Trump and remained Miss USA 2006.
Nash won the Miss California USA 2006 title in the state pageant held in Palm Springs, California in September 2005. She won the crown on her first attempt and was only the third African-American to hold the title.
Nash represented California in the Miss USA 2006 pageant broadcast live from Baltimore, Maryland in April 2006. She placed first-runner up to Tara Conner of Kentucky, the second consecutive delegate from California to reach this position. Brittany Hogan, Miss California USA 2005, was first runner-up to Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina in 2005.
Prior to the announcement of the winner, eventual winner Tara Conner and Nash shared a long embrace, whilst Conner whispered to Nash. It was later revealed on an E! special that Conner, believing Nash had won, was wishing her luck for her reign as Miss USA and her participation at Miss Universe. The traditional statement declaring that if, for any reason the new titleholder cannot fulfill her reign, the first runner-up will take over was then read. Following this, a shocked Conner was announced as the winner.
Nash was also one of twenty six Miss USA Delegates who appeared on Deal or No Deal in April 2006. After the Miss USA pageant, she appeared as one of the feature delegates in an E! special: Hidden Lives of Miss USA.
Controversy surrounding Tara Conner
On December 14, 2006 controversy erupted when TMZ.com published an article stating that Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, might be dethroned for unacceptable behavior in several New York City bars. According to a report, sources told TMZ.com that Conner is "out of control" and needs to go. If Conner was to be dethroned, Nash, as her first runner-up, would inherit the rest of her reign as Miss USA 2006.
Executives from both the pageant, including Donald J. Trump, and its broadcaster, NBC, met Tuesday to discuss whether to release Conner from her duties. The Miss Universe Organization released a statement saying that Conner had not been dethroned and that they and Trump would be "evaluating her behavioral and personal issues" and would make an announcement within the week.
On December 15, TMZ reported that Conner would be stripped of her crown, and that Nash would become Miss USA. However this was not the case. Trump forgave Conner and allowed her to retain the crown.
Nash currently works as an Actress and Host in the Los Angeles area. She is President of The Shine Foundation which is dedicated to empowering young women. She appeared wearing her "Miss California USA" sash on the Green Carpet at the Grammy's and has since made appearances at the Camden House of Beverly Hills Grand Opening, the NAACP Image Awards and other red carpet events.
Nash graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles, CA in 1997.
Nash volunteers her time with a number of non-profit organizations, including Domestic Violence Family Crisis Centers. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, reading and fitness/working out.
- "California Birth Index, 1905-1995". Ancestry.com. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
- "Miss USA Dethroned?". TMZ. 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "Tara Conner, Miss USA, Dethroned?" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2006-12-15.
- "First Runner-Up to Become Miss USA". TMZ. 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2006-12-16.
- "Miss USA Tara Conner Lesbian Kissing Miss Teen USA Causes Eviction". National Ledger. 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2006-12-17.
- Miss North Los Angeles USA, Tamiko Nash Crowned Miss California USA(R) 2006 During Live Event on September 11, 2005, Market Wire, 5 October 2005
- NY Daily News: Queen is way out of line - Failed test for coke, kissy with teen missy Tara Conner (accessed 17-12-2006)
|Awards and achievements|
|Miss USA 1st Runner-Up
|Miss California USA