Tami Farrell
Tami Farrell attending "The 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards" Beverly Hills, California on October 10, 2009
Tami Nichole Farrell

(1984-10-05) October 5, 1984 (age 39)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Oregon Teen USA 2003
Miss Teen USA 2003
Miss California USA 2009
Miss Teen USA 2003

Tami Nichole Farrell (born October 5, 1984) is an American actress, tv host and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Oregon Teen USA 2003, Miss Teen USA 2003, and Miss California USA 2009.[2][3]


Farrell is the daughter of a freight driver and a special education assistant.[2] She suffers from Vasovagal syncope.[4]

Farrell graduated from Phoenix High School in 2003.[5] She has supported Sparrow Clubs USA and American Heart Association since she was a student, continuing her associations throughout her reigns as Miss Teen USA and Miss California USA.[2][5][6]

After holding the Miss Teen USA title Farrell spent the summer of 2005 in New York City, attending the summer intensive program of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York City[5] and then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Farrell has judged a number of state pageants, including Miss Washington USA 2006 and Miss California USA 2006.

Miss Teen USA 2003

Tami Farrell won her first title, Miss Oregon Teen USA in 2002 and went on to win the Miss Teen USA 2003 pageant in Palm Springs, California on August 12, 2003.[7] She also won the Miss Congeniality award at the same pageant.[2] Farrell was the third representative of Oregon to win the pageant.[8]

As Miss Teen USA, Farrell represented the Miss Universe Organization. Her "sister" 2003 titleholders were Amelia Vega (Miss Universe, of the Dominican Republic) and Susie Castillo (Miss USA, of Massachusetts). She gave up her title to Shelley Hennig of Louisiana in Palm Springs on August 6, 2004.

Miss California USA 2009

See also: Miss USA 2009 same-sex marriage controversy

In the summer of 2008, she won the title of Miss Malibu USA 2009 and competed at the 2009 Miss California USA Pageant where she finished as first runner up to the winner Carrie Prejean.[9]

On June 10, 2009, she became Miss California USA 2009 after Prejean was sacked by Donald Trump.[10][6] Prejean had created controversy by saying marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman during the interview portion of the Miss USA 2009 pageant.[10]

When asked about the controversy in 2009, Farrell, who is a Christian, stated that she believes that marriage is between a man and a woman but added "I don't think that I have the right or anybody has a right to tell somebody who they can or can't love. And I think that this is a civil rights issue. And I think that the right thing to do is let the voters decide."[11]


  1. ^ "Mailtribune.com - ARCHIVE". Archive.mailtribune.com. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Joseph, Brian (August 13, 2003). "Oregon teen wins crown". The Desert Sun. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ McKay, Hollie (June 11, 2009). "Meet Your New Miss California, Tami Farrell". Fox News. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  4. ^ ""I don't want to miss out on anything!"". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 6, 2004 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b c Achen, Paris (August 16, 2009). "Miss California will always consider Oregon her home". Mail-Tribune.
  6. ^ a b Duke, Alan (June 15, 2009). "New Miss California USA seeks to 'calm the waters'". CNN.
  7. ^ Joseph, Brian (August 13, 2013). "Dream Night". The Desert Sun. p. B4 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Associated Press (October 19, 2003). "Miss Teen USA pays visit to hometown". Statesman Journal. p. 2C – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Garrison, Jessica; Vives, Ruben (June 11, 2009). "Miss California is stripped of her crown after controversial reign". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Donald Trump Ousts Prejean as Miss California". Courier-Post. June 11, 2009. p. 6D – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Prejean, Carrie (2009). Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks. Simon and Schuster. p. 146. ISBN 9781596981300.
Awards and achievements Preceded byKari Ann Peniche Miss Oregon Teen USA 2003 Succeeded byLorie Thompson Preceded by Vanessa Semrow Miss Teen USA 2003 Succeeded by Shelley Hennig Preceded byCarrie Prejean Miss California USA 2009 (assumed) Succeeded byNicole Johnson