Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih Was Eliminates a great Shock for America

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The pageant started in 1952 as a local bathing suit competition in Long Beach, Calif. Pageant officials said historical pageant records were not detailed enough to show whether Fakih was the first Arab American, Muslim or immigrant to win the Miss USA title.

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. It would show the world that yes, there are Arabs that are beautiful not only in looks, but also on the inside, she said.

During the competition, Fakih nearly fell while finishing her walk in a long, strapless white gown that the beauty later admitted made her look like a mermaid. Rima earned high marks from the eight judge panel  which included Olympian Johnny Weir and NBA hoopster Carmelo Anthony  when asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should.

She is an active member of the Pink Fund for breast cancer patients. In her spare time, Rima enjoys running, dancing, kickboxing, the outdoors and spending time with her family, friends and, most of all, her younger brother. Rima Fakih Dearborn with her parents and her younger brother, Rami. Rima attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration.

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