Tara Bollinger

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Tara Bollinger
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Tara Bollinger
(1979-09-20) September 20, 1979 (age 35)
Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Hair color Auburn
Eye color Green
Title(s) Miss Missouri USA 2003
Miss USA 2003

Tara Bollinger (born 1979) is a model and beauty queen from Missouri who has competed in the Miss USA pageant.

Bollinger won the Miss Missouri USA 2003 title in a state pageant held in Poplar Bluff on 19 October 2002.[1] This was her first attempt at the title. She went on to represent Missouri in the nationally televised Miss USA 2003 pageant held in San Antonio, Texas in March 2003 but did not place. The competition was won by Susie Castillo of Massachusetts.

As Miss Missouri USA, Bollinger worked as a motivational speaker for middle and high school students.[2] She is a strict Christian who believes in sexual abstinence and works to promote anti-drinking and anti-smoking behaviour.[3] At the end of her reign, Bollinger crowned Shandi Finnessey of Florissant as the new Miss Missouri USA. Finnessey, also a graduate of Lindenwood University, later won the Miss USA title.

Bollinger studied Mass Communications, TV Broadcasting, and Spanish at Lindenwood University, where she graduated summa cum laude.[4] She made the Dean's List for four years and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity at Lindenwood and has received a number of journalistic scholarships.[5]


  1. ^ "Miss Missouri USA official titleholder profile". Archived from the original on 2003-02-12. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 
  2. ^ Ita, Eyobong (2003-02-08). "Miss Missouri brings message of personal responsibility to area school". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on 2003-04-02. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Miss Missouri Speaks on Faith and Personal Responsibility" (Press release). Missouri Baptist University. 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 
  4. ^ McFarland, Diana (2003-02-07). "Advocating abstinence: Miss Missouri talks straight with 8th graders". The Examiner. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 
  5. ^ "SEN. JOHN LOUDON JOINS OTHER LAWMAKERS TO WELCOME MISS MISSOURI USA TO STATE CAPITOL" (Press release). SENATE REPORT: Senator John Loudon. 2003-02-27. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 

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Preceded by
Melana Scantlin
Miss Missouri USA
Succeeded by
Shandi Finnessey