Arab-American Stunner Crowned as Miss USA
May 17, 2010
(ChattahBox)— This year’s Miss USA pageant crowned the most beautiful girl on the stage. A slight stumble in her white evening gown and unexceptional responses to the question and answer segment of the pageant, ultimately didn’t matter. Miss Michigan Rima Fakih, 24, an immigrant, born in Lebanon, became the first Arab-American contestant of Muslim faith to win the competition.
At the end, the petite brunette Fakih beat out first runner-up Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, a statuesque blonde beauty who deftly handled a question about Arizona’s harsh immigration law. Woolard said she believed in state’s rights, but saw both sides, as she didn’t approve of racial profiling.
Fakih was asked if health insurance plans should cover birth control pills. She responded yes, because the pills are expensive and a controlled substance. “I believe that birth control is just like every other medication even though it’s a controlled substance,” said Fakih with a dazzling smile.
When asked by co-host Natalie Morales to tell her story about selling her car to pay for the $800 entry fee for the Miss Michigan pageant, Fakih needed a little prompting from Morales to fill in her narrative.
But the stunning Fakih owned the bathing suit competition, dazzling the judges with her grace and stunning looks. And before her small stumble, she also owned the evening gown competition, with a topless white, form-fitting gown with a bottom train that showed off all of her curves.
And the bubbly Fakih, also won over the judges with her frequent shout-outs to her mom.
Arab-Americans are embracing Fakih’s win, as a symbol of Arab beauty and culture, rather than religious anti-American extremists, as so many Muslims are portrayed. And Fakih wants the world to know that there are many Arab-Americans who love their country.
‘”I think it would prove that Arabs don’t always try to separate themselves, but instead are integrated into American culture,” she recently told the Global Arab Network. “It would show the world that yes, there are Arabs that are beautiful not only in looks, but also on the inside,” she said. “There are Arabs that are caring, that are good people, and who love the country they live in. I think it would make the Arab image a more positive one.”‘
Right before the winner was announced, Fakih told reporters, she glanced at pageant owner Donald Trump and knew then that she had won. “That’s the same look that he gives them when he says, ‘You’re hired,’” on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice,” she said.
For her win as Miss USA, Fakih receives a one-year lease in a New York apartment with living expenses, an undisclosed salary, various health, professional and beauty services and a wardrobe fit for a beauty queen.
And presumably, plenty of pizza. When asked how it felt to be Miss USA, she said she would know after she had eaten a pizza. The poor girl was starving. A girl has to make sacrifices when appearing on a national stage, wearing nothing but a tiny bikini and high heels.
Photo Credit: Reuters