Tami Farrell finished second to Carrie Prejean at the 2009 Miss California Pageant. But she took over the crown in June 2009 when Prejean was stripped of the title.

The young beauty won her first title, Miss Oregon Teen USA in 2002. She was then crowned Miss Teen USA a year later. Farrell also won the "Miss Congeniality" award at the same pageant.

Tami has judged a number of state pageants, including Miss Washington USA 2006 and Miss California USA 2006. She even appeared on the now-canceled NBC soap opera, Passions. In the summer of 2008, she won the title of Miss Malibu USA 2009 and proceeed to compete at the aforementioned 2009 Miss California USA Pageant.